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Respond positively, specifically and substantially with a minimum of 200 words. No paraphrasing. Demonstrate effectively developed paragraphs Show evidence of active engagement in the discussion (e.g., asking questions, answering questions posed by peers, and making further connections to course readings) Advance the discussion Demonstrate active engagement in the discussion and familiarity with the unit concepts Go beyond agreement or praise
This weeks reading “The Rhetoric of Community Engagement” and the TED Talk by Steven Johnson highlighted the following elements of persuasive writing to me: 1) Persuasive communication requires a deeper understanding of the experiences of all stakeholders involved in your argument. We must go beyond the surface and get to the “story-behind-the story” (CM 220 Unit 2 reading Part I, “Linda Flower’s Rhetoric of Community Engagement”). We need to seek out understanding all angles of an issue before coming to a conclusion. Viewing an issue in this manner will help in coming up with greater number of solutions; 2) In order for our solutions or ideas to succeed in being persuasive they must be remarkable. The must be different so that readers feel it’s worth mentioning to others.
I selected a TEDTalk by Zachary R. Wood titled “Why it’s worth listening to people you disagree with”. The eleven-minute discourse focused on the importance of finding common ground in areas where we may disagree with others. This brings to mind a recent difference of opinion in the industry I work in. There are some in the health care industry that feel that work place wellness programs provide material savings to employers and therefore worth the investment. While others reason that these programs only provide emotional uplifting and incentive to those who are already engaged in their health and well-being and that the return-on-investment is unproven. This is controversial topic in my industry because vendors want to sell wellness services to employers since these services produce additional revenue and employers want savings. Applying critical thinking in these situations will help with understanding the story-behind-the-story and the view-points of all stakeholders (Flowers, 2008).
Mr. Wood’s goal was to inform and persuade us to engage with an open mind when ideas are controversial or when we are unfamiliar with a topic. Especially when the topic is emotionally driven. For example, the building of a boarder wall in the Arizona/Mexico border. Where I live, it is important to genuinely listen and to be empathic in order to gain deeper understanding and to seek out reasonable solutions and options (Flowers, 2008). The speaker was effective in convincing us of his position by sharing his own example and experience and by citing several practical examples.
What are your thoughts? How open should we be when others want to share deeply rooted religious, child-rearing, educational and political ideas and beliefs?
Woods, Z. (2008, April). Why it’s worth listening to people you disagree with [video file]. TEDTalks. Retrieved from:
Respond positively, specifically and substantially with a minimum of 200 words. No paraphrasing. Demonstrate effectively developed paragraphs Show evidence of active engagement in the discussion (e.g.