Welcome to More In Common, an organization whose sole purpose is to drive productive human connection across cultures, backgrounds, and disparate viewpoints by anchoring people in COMPASSIONATE CONVERSATION through honest, insightful and thought-provoking communication!
Why? Because we have More In Common than that which divides us.
People and organizations want to drive productive human CONNECTION, so individuals can be seen, heard and valued. When people are seen, heard and valued they begin to lift their veil of ignorance and break out of their echo chambers.
By working with MORE IN COMMON’s tools and techniques that are designed to drive honest, insightful, open, thought-provoking, and compassionate communication, people are empowered to become catalysts for replacing judgmental behavior with incremental acts of understanding.
We work to help people become anchored in compassionate Conversation, giving them the opportunity to drive productive human connection.
WHERE IT STARTED
It all started in 2002 when we met at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana. An instant friendship ensued and we began having tough conversations. There was one particular conversation about gay marriage that took place over a 3 month period. Both came from different viewpoints on the issue. At no point was the conversation hostile and at no point did Rodney and Keith consider de-friending each other. It was productive. In fact, the conclusion of the dialogue did not end in agreement. It just ended.
Years later, and many conversations later, Rodney and Keith have come to a common stance on the issue. But, it wasn't by trying to change someone's mind. It wasn't a forced decision. It was simply by have conversations, introducing new perspectives and meeting new people.
Through the years, more and more discussions have occurred with far quicker influence one way or the other. Turns out, we just had an ability to navigate conversations that matter without fear of judgment.
Fast forward to 2016 when Colin Kaepernick first took a knee on the 49ers NFL sideline. There was an immediate need to discuss. Again, both coming from very different points of view. LONG before the conversation permeated every household in America. And, again, we came to a commonplace with the topic. Not exactly in the same frame of mind, but with agreement on the issue. At the time, the discourse in our country was clearly heading to a sad place. Rodney presented the idea of starting a podcast. Keith was very unfamiliar with the concept so it took a few months to come around on the idea. But, when he did, they began the journey of More In Common. If you have been with us from the beginning you know it actually started as Under The Skin…but we don’t need to go into the name change.
The first pilot episode was in February of 2017. The idea was for us to just have conversations demonstrating the possibility of disagreement. Turns out, it is really hard to disagree when you have spent 15 years coming to an agreement on many things. So, we decided to bring on guests and have conversations with other people.
It has been a journey since we first started. Ultimately evolving to where we look to introduce people, their experiences and the ideas their experiences have lead them to.
The Podcast was the launching point of our journey. Since the beginning we have taken what we have learned from our dynamic, our conversations with guests, knowledge acquired through study and amazing resources, to begin directly helping others on their journey to better connect through conversation.
Everything we do is to advance the cause to anchor everyone in the compassionate conversations we have been having for almost 20 years. Thank you for joining us and being a part of this vision.
MORE IN COMMON PODCAST
We talk to people, get to know them, and build connections while navigating hard topics of conversation. We demonstrate what we use to help guide others through hard conversations of their own.
If you like great stories, tough topics, and amazing people, the good, the bad, the ugly ALL of it...then check out the pod!
HOW WE CAN HELP
We have built a simple, common sense approach to guiding people through difficult conversations to improve connection and the culture people take part in. Our friendship is the backbone of our approach and we have fine tuned it through education, experience and practice.
It doesn't matter whether you are talking work culture, group culture, or family culture, connection and communication are cornerstones to helping ensure the very best opportunities for cohesiveness and collaboration.