Bridging political divides, one conversation at a time

Our mission

The world is more connected than ever, but social media and political trends increasingly turn our attention inwards, trapping us in filter bubbles.

As nationalism, polarisation and misinformation rise around the world, we want to enable people to share their perspectives and exchange ideas.

And it all starts with just one conversation.

Our mission is to connect people all over the world to discuss the issues that divide them, and the issues that unite them. Our scientifically proven methodlogy can reduce polarisation and build empathy through the power of dialogue.

Learn more about the impact of our programs

Local, national and international

Since 2017, our programs have engaged more than 200,000 participants in dialogue, and empowered dozens of journalists to share their stories.

See our past and upcoming programs

Our history

In 2017, the ZEIT ONLINE newsroom was searching for a new way to answer one central question: In times of filter bubbles and polarized discourse, how can we restart the conversation across political divides?

The answer was "Germany Talks," a dating platform for politics. The premise was simple - the program matched pairs of readers with completely opposing political views. On June 18, 2017, 1,200 people across the country met up for face-to-face discussions.

After the first edition of "Germany Talks", media organisations from around the world reached out to us and said that their countries were also in need of more debate across political divides. Together with a group of international news outlets, we launched My Country Talks, which today is a tool that newsrooms, governments, civil society organizations or NGOs can use to start one-on-one discussions in their countries.

The software was developed by the Berlin-based agency The project has been awarded with the Jean Monnet Prize for European Integration, the Grimme Online Award, and the IPRA President's Award.