Episode 4

Dialogue Is Like Composting w/ Julie Olesky & Catia Confortini

Former ICYC members Leandro Molina and Julie Olesky
Julie (right) with her dialogue partner Leandro Molina

In this episode, host Lillian I continues her conversations with individuals who participated in a 6-month long dialogue project the Ikeda Center organized in 2019. This time, Lillian speaks with not one but two of the participants: Julie Olesky, who is currently pursuing her masters in peace studies in Finland, and her dialogue partner, Dr. Catia Confortini, Associate Professor of Peace and Justice Studies at Wellesley College.

Key points on dialogue in this episode: 

  • When having a dialogue with someone you don’t agree with, it helps to approach it with genuine curiosity and the determination to create something good out of it.
  • The things that we need to do to improve our lives and our planet often take time and intentionality, like composting. Similarly, you may not see the results of dialogue right away, yet those efforts have a lasting impact on our lives and society. 

Email podcast@ikedacenter.org if you have any questions or dialogue stories to share with us.

Music attribution:
“Peace Settings”, “Kitten”, “Lake Victoria”, Peas Corps”.
Podington Bear