In this episode, Louise takes over as moderator as the 4-US based cohosts talk about how they’re managing in the highly volatile weeks leading up to the US Presidential Election. As the only Canadian, Louise has a slightly different perspective and holds space for each of the other four cohosts to talk about how this election feels different than others in the recent past.
Louise asks how the cohosts in the US are:
Managing not only the cohosts’ own emotions but those of their immediate families
What can they do to make a difference in a US election in the time of a pandemic?
Managing relationships with people who vote differently than they do
What is their hope for the future?
“This election shows us where Americans are as a people. My focus for myself personally has been on how we start to regain footing with our own humanity, starting with ourselves.” – Kim Romain
“If everybody’s yelling, nobody’s listening.” – Nikki Baker-Wulf
“I have parts that are hopeful that people will realize that democracy has to be worked for. “ – Laura Lively
“It really is time to roll up our sleeves. We’ve been sitting back maybe a little bit on our laurels and just thinking that things were going to be okay. Freedom isn’t free.” – Louise Neil
“We really all have more in common than what divides us.”- Sara Doell
“I speak my truth. And I recognize that as a human being, I am entitled to change my mind.” – Kim Romain
“My hope is that now that the light is shining on those dark places and the awareness is there, now we can make changes.” – Nikki Baker-Wulf
“It is about being open to people who have different beliefs. We don’t want to be just so focused on our own view. It is about being open to the world and to have honest and respectful conversations.” – Louise Neil
“As much as we all want to be open-minded, we also have preferences and biases and it is important to acknowledge that too. – Laura Lively
“I have done a lot of soul searching about how I show up in social media. I choose what I’m going to focus on and what I react to.” – Sara Doell