"The Exhausted Majority"

  • 19 Jul 2019
  • 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
  • Littleton, Colorado

    The “Exhausted Majority”

    Hidden Tribes, Beliefs, and Navigating Our Tense Political Climate


    July 19, 2019
    8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
    Littleton, CO

    Most Americans say this is the most politically divided we have been in our lifetimes. What is driving us apart, how can we better understand these differences, and — most importantly — how can we move beyond them?


    Workshop participants will leave with the capacity to empathize with Americans of different political perspectives, and to feel equipped to proactively mitigate polarization as individuals, as leaders, and as organizations.


    Workshop participants will:
    1. Gain a much deeper understanding of the underlying value sets and belief systems animating the current period of intense polarization in the US.
    2. Learn a Core Beliefs framework and the Hidden Tribes typology that explain why the country feels so divided and identify the frames for constructive engagement with new audiences.
    3. Apply tenets of the Core Beliefs framework in role-play to practice how to navigate polarization to more effectively connect with a broader range of stakeholders and audiences.


    8:00AM - 4:30PM

    Preliminary Program - subject to change
    8:00 - 8:30am Registration Opens
    Coffee & Networking
    8:30 - 9:00am Welcome and Opening Remarks
    9:00 – 10:30am Session 1: Introduction to the Tribes and Issue Areas
    10:30 - 10:45am Break
    10:45am - 12:15pm Session 2: Emotion & Rationality: Moral Foundations Theory
    12:15 - 1:15pm Lunch and Networking
    1:15 - 2:45pm Session 3: Role-playing and Perspective-Taking
    2:45 - 3:00pm Break
    3:00 - 4:30pm Session 4: Leading in a Polarized Landscape



    This one-day workshop is presented by More in Common, an organization committed to building stronger, more united communities and societies.

    Their 2018 report, “Hidden Tribes: a Study of America’s Polarized Landscape” introduced us to the “Exhausted Majority” and provided fresh perspectives on how to address current political and social divisions.


    Mohammed Naeem, Director, More in Common USA

    Mohammed Naeem leads engagement in the United States with civil society organizations, stakeholders and partners. Naeem has a background in organizing, issue-advocacy, and medical research. He is an alumnus of Stony Brook University and lives in Queens, NY.

    Sharee McKenzie Taylor, Director of Development and Strategic Engagement, More in Common

    Focusing on strategic engagement with key stakeholders and donors, Sharee comes to More in Common from her role as National Director of Strategic Partnerships at International Justice Mission, a global anti-slavery organization. Prior to that, Sharee was a Senior Director with Young Presidents Organization, an organization that connects over 25,000 CEOs globally. Sharee has also worked in government affairs and in legal practice, starting her career in mergers and acquisitions and private equity with Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP in New York. Sharee has also been an advisor to a number of political campaigns. Born in Jamaica and raised in Canada, Sharee attended the University of Toronto before earning a JD at Boston College Law School. She lives in Washington, DC.

    Dan Vallone, Director, More in Common USA

    Prior to joining More in Common, Dan worked on education policy and innovation at the state and national level. Previously, Dan served six years active duty as an Army infantry officer, with one tour in Afghanistan. Dan graduated from West Point and earned an MA in Contemporary China from Nanyang Technological University in Singapore on a Fulbright Scholarship and an MBA from Harvard Business School. Dan lives in New York City. 

    Stephen Hawkins, Research Director, More in Common

    Since 2016, Stephen has led More in Common’s studies on polarization and division in the United States and across Europe. Stephen has a background in measuring and advising on public opinion for political candidates, Fortune 100 companies such as Microsoft and Ford, and public sector organizations such the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and UNHCR. He received his Master’s in Public Policy from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government and is curious about how beliefs and ideology shape people’s experience of the world. Stephen lives in Denver, Colorado.


    Arapahoe Community College

    Summit Room
    5900 S. Santa Fe Drive
    Littleton, CO 80120-1801

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    Registration Fee: $125 per person

    This event is OPEN to the PUBLIC


    No refunds will be processed after July 8, 2019 To request a cancellation, please call us at 303-871-4252 or submit the details of your cancellation through the contact form below, and a staff member will follow up to complete your cancellation.


    Groups of 7 can attend for the same price as 6 attendees. Discount is applied automatically on the registration form, and can only be received when all 7 people are registered together at the same time.


    If you are registering a group, please download and use the group registration information worksheet below to collect all required information for each group member prior to beginning your registration.


    Every attendee will need to select a lunch choice at the time of registration. Options are:

    • SMOKED TURKEY AND AVOCADO SANDWICH – Smoked turkey and avocado with bibb lettuce, swiss cheese, and olive oil mayonnaise on challah bun.
    • SUMMER CHICKEN SALAD W/LEMON YOGURT DRESSING (GF) – Summer Chicken Salad with Lemon Yogurt dressing, candied pecans, strawberries, blueberries and raspberries on baby spinach.
    • GREEN GODDESS HUMMUS SANDWICH (vegetarian) – fresh tomatoes, sprouts, green goddess hummus, bibb lettuce, pickled carrots on whole wheat bread.
    • ASPARAGUS AND CRUNCHY CRISP TOFU (gluten free and vegan) – Asparagus and crunchy crisp tofu (potato crust), served with violas, potatoes, red beans, and a lemon-dijon vinaigrette on romaine lettuce.


    For questions regarding “The Exhausted Majority” or to cancel a registration, please contact us through the form below or call us at 303-871-4252.

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