Pedagogical Principles and Strategies

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Resetting the Table works closely with organizations and leaders to develop customized processes to fit the needs of specific constituencies and audiences. We design all of our events in accordance with the following principles:

  • Multiplicity: present substantive content in a way that is authentically multi-vocal and non-partisan, inviting open and thorough exploration
  • Ownership: let participants shape the agenda as much as possible
  • Directness: do not shy away from political complexity; go toward the heat, not away from it
  • Expressiveness: give participants channels for self-expression alongside or in lieu of frontal programming

To actualize these principles, all RTT events and processes are designed to achieve some or all of the following:

  • Bring together people across some degree of genuine social and/or political differences
  • Create conversations among those who have been too intimidated, avoidant, or frustrated to engage in meaningful conversation across their differences
  • Empower participants to drive the substance and process as much as possible
  • Value and prioritize personal history and experience as much as objective history and “the facts;” create space for participant engagement and invite participants to share their own stories, accounts, questions, and knowledge
  • Support people to learn and explore foundational issues about Israel, particularly geared toward those who feel that they “don’t know enough to speak”
  • Ensure that content and conversation do not avoid the most complicated or contentious elements of Israel engagement – including the Israeli-Palestinian conflict – and instead support people to take in different perspectives on those issues as much as they wish and are able