Kindness Matters: A Community Dialogue Series brings together Ben’s Bells and local community partners to talk about how we can strengthen our kindness skills and draw upon them to face contemporary challenges in our community.
Kindness empowers us to step up and have vulnerable and rewarding conversations that offer opportunities to exchange ideas about how we build a supportive and thriving community. Kindness Matters: A Community Dialogue Series puts Ben’s Bells in conversation with local community agencies to talk about the ways kindness can be utilized to create positive social change. These exchanges invite community members to join the conversation and share perspectives that will help us strengthen our kindness skills as individuals and build a more connected community together.
Kindness and Masculinity
In our second installment, Ben’s Bells and Emerge! Center Against Domestic Abuse engaged the community on Kindness and Masculinity. The ways that men and boys are often socialized in the U.S. limits their capacity to be vulnerable and to empathize with others. So how do we create a new standard for masculinity based in the strengths of kindness? This talk looked at gendered norms for masculinity, explained the science of kindness as key to understanding our mental experience, and suggested kind actions for improving our communities through setting new standards for masculinity. Together we looked at dilemmas that feature moments when kind communication is necessary to create positive change focused on equity, opportunity, inclusion, and diversity. This interactive event highlighted an important conversation and provided tips for talking about toxic masculinity using kindness skills. The dialogue was facilitated by Laura Gronewold from Ben’s Bells and Michael Brasher from Emerge! Center Against Domestic Abuse.
Thursday, February 28, 2019, 5:30-7:00pm.
Holaway Elementary School, 3500 N Cherry Ave, Tucson
Kindness and Racial Justice
In our first installment, Ben’s Bells and the YWCA Southern Arizona facilitated a dialogue on using kindness skills to talk about race and racial justice. We talked about the science that helps us understand the nature of our defensive brains, and learned how we can use intentional kindness as a skill in daily life. Together we looked at dilemmas that feature moments when kind communication is necessary to create positive change focused on equity, opportunity, inclusion, and diversity. This interactive event highlighted an important conversation and provided tips for talking about race and racial justice. The YWCA’s Liane Hernandez and Michelle Pitot and Ben’s Bells’ Laura Gronewold facilitated the dialogue.
Wednesday, January 30, 2019, 5:30-7:00pm
YWCA Southern Arizona, 525 N Bonita Ave, Tucson