A Young Democrat, a College Republican, and a member of the NAACP walk into the Union…
It sounds like the start of a bad joke, right? It’s a rare day when folks from these groups willingly come together, aside from the odd debate. And that means we miss out on the ideas, creativity and passion that exists outside of each of our comfortable UNC bubbles.
When Elie Wiesel recently came to UNC, he argued that our generation needs to work together better. And according to Wiesel, that requires “getting everyone in the same room talking.”
Imagine that: committing time without a prior agenda, open to building relationships and hearing new ideas. Greg Mortenson, another recent speaker at UNC, tells us that in Pakistan it takes “three cups of tea” to do business: “The first cup, you’re a stranger; the second cup you become a friend; the third cup, you’re family.”
Of course, it’s not just tea: The more historically inclined among you may think back to the free conversation of the 18th century coffeehouses in the U.S. and England. It may seem sentimental, but it can’t hurt to try, can it?