Navigating Together

How can we create a path of unity and peace in a divisive time?

  • We may be in very different places, physically and psychologically, and we may disagree with one another. That is okay, and normal for every community the size of MIT.
  • While we may all have thoughts and perspectives, none of us have the answer. It is up to us, as a nation, to find a democratic answer that leads to unity rather than divisiveness.
  • With this in mind, we want to explicitly commit ourselves to the MIT community and its values of creating a better world of civic dialogue and collaboration.
  • We stand unequivocally against violence in every way, shape and form. No matter what happens, dialogue and patience is always better than violence in every way.

Navigating Together is a joint project of ORSEL, the PKG Public Service Center, and The Commons.​


Upcoming Events:


Bridging Divides around US Politics: Creating Change in How We Engage With Each Other

Thursday, October 29 at 4:00 - 5:00p ET - Workshop

Monday, November 9 at 4:00 - 5:00p ET - Reflection on Practice

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This hands-on, two-session program is for people who wish conversations and interactions between people who disagree politically could be more constructive, especially on social media. This workshop is also for anyone who wonders whether it is possible to have constructive conversations -- and whether it is even worth having constructive conversations. 

A healthy society is one where citizens are able to reflect on differences of opinion. We must be able to find peaceful ways to engage each other in understanding those differences and identify ways forward. Join us for this workshop to understand what political polarization among everyday Americans looks like, particularly online, and what can be done about it. 

Sponsored by Radius and joined by facilitators from The Commons Project, we will explore and dis


  • How are our relationships and interactions changing in the current political environment, online and offline?

  • What strategies or actions, online and offline, can we use to increase the quality of our conversations and cooperation?


Gather With Your Light

Tuesday, November 3 at 8:30pm ET

Join peacebuilders around the United States to gather & #ShineOnTheVote in your own community in the ‘commons’ or center of your town. At 8:30PM, after your precinct has closed, come together to light a candle, shine a flashlight, turn on a porch light, or carry a lantern. Using a light source will identify you as someone who is looking for a peaceful, free, fair, respectful & safe democratic electoral process. Together, we will #ShineOnTheVote. These peaceful gatherings and peace activations should center solidarity and be a chance for our communities to voice our fears, anxieties, dreams & hopes. Remember that you are the light that will shine! As peacebuilders, we’re committed to speaking out against violence & guided by mutual gain, local leadership, and a commitment to nonviolence. Let your voice be heard, take a picture of your light & share it on social media using #ShineOnTheVote.​

Sponsored by ORSEL