Nov 7 - Dec 31, 2019

NCBI Monterey County


NCBI brings people together across group lines including race, gender, sexuality, religion, age, disability and class. We provide training and education in schools and the community to increase understanding, promote acceptance, and reduce prejudice. We collaborate with public and private organizations to nurture leadership for social justice and provide opportunities for healing from the impact of oppression.

The Big Idea

Our society has become increasingly polarized and mired in political gridlock, making it harder to connect with people of differing perspectives. We end up concentrating on our differences rather than our commonalities. These misunderstandings have led to dehumanizing others - hate crimes are on the rise, families being split apart. Through our continuing series, CommUNITY Conversations, NCBI is working to to change this paradigm. We facilitate structured conversations among people of differing views and backgrounds, giving them tools to increase understanding of various issues, build relationships, and pave the way for collaborative and inclusive problem-solving.

CommUNITY Conversations: Facing our Differences, will employ the NCBI Controversial Issues format. Participants will have an opportunity to examine difficult topics such as Immigration/racism/sexism/homophobia in a series of workshops. Participants will build relationships that generate understanding and enable collaborative problem-solving. And all of that strengthens our community.

NCBI brings us together to discuss many of the challenging yet important issues we struggle with and gives us the skills so we can learn about each other and learn from each other —that’s where the real healing begins. That’s where “community” is formed.

- JT Mason