IDP Resource: Listening & Learning with "I" Statements

Episode 7. Rest

In this episode, Rachel, Rheeda, and Tony talk about rest, including how they think about rest during this historic moment characterized by a pandemic and widespread protests against anti-Black racism. They also share where and when they experience rest and ask, rest: what is it good for?

Episode transcript

Discussion Questions

  • How would you describe the relationship between rest and activism? Rest and social identities? Rest and productivity?
  • Thinking about what you’ve learned from people in your life (e.g., family, friends, teachers, co-workers) and the media (e.g., news, movies, songs), what messages have you received about the importance of rest? Do these messages suggest that rest is equally important for everyone, or that some people deserve rest more than others?
  • What do you do and/or where do you go to get rest?

Writing Prompt

What kind of role should rest play in our society? What would society (e.g., laws, norms, workplaces, schedules) need to be like in order to make that possible?

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  • APA: Intergroup Dialogue Project. (2020, September). IDP Resource: Listening & Learning with “I” Statements, Episode 7. Rest. Intergroup Dialogue Project – Dialogue Across Difference.
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