Everywhere you look, the message is the same: that we are hopelessly divided.
That all over the world, our rifts are so entrenched they can never be reconciled.
But that’s only half the story. In fact, there is abundant evidence that we human beings have far greater ability and desire to overcome our divisions than we realize.
This project explores the many ways we bridge our divides.

You Cannot Use Force to Change Minds

By: Christine McLaren

She fought a brutal ritual with love – and changed a culture.

The Complicated World of Staten Island

By: David Byrne

What the New York borough that voted for Trump taught me about the messy business of bridging divides.

Botswana’s Radical Experiment in National Unity

By: Bastian Berbner

By forcing workers to move far from home and live with unfamiliar people, the government is testing the limits of identity.

A Reasons to be Cheerful project

It has become conventional wisdom that we are hopelessly divided. But this narrative masks a larger truth: that we humans are incredibly skilled at overcoming division.

We Are Not Divided is a collaborative multimedia journalism project dedicated to revealing that truth by telling the stories that show our capacity, and our deep desire, to bridge our divides.

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Artistic Wizardry That Illuminates Our Bonds

By: Jennifer Van Evra

A child of Mexico City's nightclubs is putting a spotlight on what connects us.

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The Country Where Diversity Is Enforced by Law

By: Keshia Naurana Badalge

In Singapore, the government dictates the ethnic makeup of apartment buildings. Is this what racial harmony looks like?

How Oakland Got Real About Equitable Urban Planning

By: Rikha Sharma Rani

When the city closed streets to traffic during Covid, it revealed a fix for designs that cater to white and moneyed interests.

A Tool for Understanding

By: David Byrne

What if, instead of hating each other's beliefs, we learned more about where they come from?

What a City-Sized Sharing Economy Looks Like

By: Lauren Kaljur

How Canadian cities and First Nations territories discovered the catalytic power of collaboration.

A Public Apology Seven Decades in the Making

By: Jennifer Van Evra

How two Canadians, united by an act of oppression, are transforming apology into art.

In this Connecticut Prison, the Guards Double as Mentors

By: Maurice Chammah

What happens when incarcerated people see a correctional officer not as an overlord, but as someone who can help?

When Racism Strikes, Here’s How to Record It

By: Francesca Fionda

Not every racist act fits a police report, but capturing the data on everyday racism is key to creating change.

The Country Where Diversity Is Enforced by Law

By: Keshia Naurana Badalge

In Singapore, the government dictates the ethnic makeup of apartment buildings. Is this what racial harmony looks like?

Taiwan’s Crowdsourced Democracy Shows Us How to Fix Social Media

By: Carl Miller

How hackers taught the government to embrace division-resistant politics.

I Loathe Your Politics – So Let’s Be Friends

By: Poppy Noor

In an era of ideological rancor, a few brave souls are going out of their way to befriend their political opposites.

Inside the Mind of a Mind-Changer

By: RTBC Staff

Swing voters. Covid converts. Some people seem highly persuadable. Why does that bother the rest of us?

The Performance that Eased a Tribal Conflict

By: Gwynne Watkins

When Congolese refugees moved to New York, they brought their old rivalries with them. Then they put their strife on stage.

Tackling Covid-Era Racism Across the U.S.-Canada Border

By: Jonathan Ore

An American and a Canadian artist explore what it means to be Black in a pandemic.

Are You Liberal? Are You Sure?

By: Will Doig

A growing body of research suggests our political beliefs are flexible – and that we may be more capable of understanding the other side than we realize.

How Loggers Helped Environmentalists Save a Spectacular Canadian Rainforest

By: Andrew MacLeod

Spanning 16 million acres of wild Pacific coast, the Great Bear Rainforest is a magical place. The partnership that saved it is just as unique.

Cops and Community Organizers Are Reimagining Atlanta’s Jail

By: Emily Nonko

An unlikely collaboration could transform a place of imprisonment into a center for equity.

The Unlikely Friendship that Helped Legalize Same-Sex Marriage in Ireland

By: Bastian Berbner

In Ireland, 100 private citizens advise parliament on policy. Two of them changed each other’s lives — and, perhaps, their country’s constitution.

Inside the Student-Led Movement to Depolarize College

By: Gregory Scruggs

Beyond the ideological brawls and anti-speaker protests is a push to make disagreement on campus cool again.

The Non-Partisan “Pro-Voice” Abortion Space

By: Rikha Sharma Rani

How one organization is taking ideology out of reproductive health.

My Surprisingly Friendly Post-Prison Life

By: Alexander Hall

Yes, I encountered stigma, but also empathy and understanding – in part, because so many Americans know someone who’s been locked up.

We’re Closer Than We Realize

By: john a. powell

The notion that our common bonds are wearing away obscures a simple truth: difference and division are not the same thing.