Join the Conversation
Thursday mornings, 7:30 – 8:30am
Tired of polarization, labels and fear? The Red Boot Coalition is for those who yearn for a deeper and more compassionate approach in how we engage as a nation and community. Anyone and everyone is welcome to join in. Meetings are held every Thursday morning at KHAC.
The RBC’s mission is to create safe spaces for people to engage as human beings. The Coalition’s 11 Steps for Dialogue form the basis of regular, one-hour meetings that can be chaired by any person. Engaging these steps creates an atmosphere for genuine interaction. When practiced on a daily basis, the 11 Steps connect people in a profound and meaningful way, and dialogue becomes people-centered rather than agenda-driven.
Participation: Anyone who yearns for a deeper and more compassionate approach to how we engage as a nation is invited to participate in RBC meetings. Attend every week or as often as you are able. For questions and more information, contact Peg Conway.
The RBC Story: The program was founded in 2014 by Molly Barker, better known as the Founder of Girls on the Run. After serving on the Commission for Political Reform, a group tasked with exploring ways to encourage more civil discourse at the highest levels of government, Molly was not fully satisfied with the results of their work and decided to venture off on her own to get to the root of what drives the “us versus them” mentality so prevalent across American culture today. In August of 2014, she drove from Charlotte to Las Vegas and back, interviewing hundreds of Americans about our nation’s conversations on politics, religion, race, sexuality, gender and economics. Upon her return she realized her encounters on the trip had been the heart-driven, open dialogue she longed for…the kind missing in many of our nation’s communities. After several weeks of soul-searching she wrote the Red Boot 11 Steps and the accompanying meeting script based on these experiences.
In late October 2014, Molly led the first-ever Red Boot Meeting at a small Charlotte diner called Another Broken Egg. The deep and explorative dialogue necessary to shatter the highly polarized “us versus them” perspective ensued, and a new way of talking and leading emerged. Since then, several more meetings have started in the Charlotte area as well as in Chicago; Winona, MN; Cincinnati; Payson, AZ, Winston-Salem, NC and Columbia, MO.