The Words

WATCH Episode 1 – VERBAL FRICTION

WATCH Episode 2 – HEARING THE OTHER

WATCH Episode 3 – DESTRUCTIVE LANGUAGE

WATCH Episode 4 – DIGITAL EXPRESSION

WATCH Episode 5 – DISSOLVING BARRIERS BETWEEN US

WATCH Episode 6 – CULTIVATING PEACE

“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 communications. Launched December 15, 2017,  a new episode will be released every other day through December 25.

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 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 night first imagine. Practicing non-judgement and acts of kindness increase our ability to understand peace as a process.

 

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