“The Words” is a six-part web series funded by United Nations Association in Canada – Calgary Branch. Each short film touches upon a different topic in interpersonal communication.
By increasing our capacity as communicators and by developing our ability to engage in healthy dialogue, we create better relationships and connections which increase our overall sense of belonging, wellbeing, and happiness.
In addition, good communication helps us understand and empathize with each other which expands the breadth of our own perspectives, allows us to feel validated and safe in the process of sharing with others, and encourages relationships and communities of inclusion, understanding, and peace.
Watching the “The Words” web series is an overall 20 minute commitment of time which you give to yourself and to those around you by becoming more aware, more informed, and more able to engage in a complex world of demanding communications and relationships.
Episode 1, VERBAL FRICTION
We hear what folks have to say about conflict – is it unavoidable? How do you deal with it? Is there one right way? What are some strategies to have those difficult conversations?
Episode 2, HEARING THE OTHER
Active listening — being curious and asking questions — increases our understanding, openness, empathy, and awareness of our own biases in our interactions with others.
Episode 3, DESTRUCTIVE LANGUAGE
Create a safe and inclusive environment by recognizing the harm that words can inflict and by embracing ideals of diversity and equality.
Episode 4, DIGITAL EXPRESSION
This film explores the pros and cons of digital vs. face-to-face communication and the dangers of addressing difficult issues via social media.
Episode 5, DISSOLVING BARRIERS BETWEEN US
In this episode, we look at opening ourselves to increasing self-awareness and embracing diversity through sharing of ideas and beliefs with others.
Episode 6, CULTIVATING PEACE
The final episode helps us understand that through connecting with and validating others, we can find that we have more in common than we might first imagine. Practicing non-judgement and acts of kindness increase our ability to understand peace as a process.