Our Search for Belonging: How Our Need to Connect is Tearing Us Apart

90-minute Workshops

Day 2

Session Code: S2-J
When: April 11, 2018
Location/Room: 101 HIJ
Level: Introductory
Track: Social Responsibility
Presenters: Howard Ross, Udarta Consulting  |  JonRobert Tartaglione, Influence 51


We are living in a world of almost unparalleled separation. After, arguably, the most contentious election in U.S. history, the country stands torn between two polarized views of the world rooted in fundamental differences. Communities in the United States are becoming more segregated than they have been in years, both politically and socially. Based on the newly released book of the same name, this presentation will help people understand the divide by looking at the neuro-cognitive science behind our primary need to belong, how it motivates human behavior, and investigate how it shows up in our daily lives.

We will explore the paradoxical manner in which our compulsion to connect with other human beings creates greater polarity in our culture, leaving us deeply connected with some, yet deeply divided as a society. This session will help participants understand the depth and impact of this separation, how it affects every aspect of our daily lives, and explore what we can do about it.

Learning Outcomes:

  • An understanding of the neurocognitive, psychological need to belong and how it is driving people to polarization
  • A deeper awareness of how these dynamics are impacting people in society and in our organizations
  • Strategies for bridging the gap in personal relationships and creating a greater sense of belonging in our organizations

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