(This is an experiment in progress.)
Disclaimer: If this works, we may need to update our mission statement.
Uchi’s mission is to help people connect authentically with those who matter most to them. However, we’ve realized it’s an incredible platform for people of dissimilar backgrounds to share their perspectives AND be heard. Read on to get the full story…
We believe uchiMeet is truly something special, something we believe will be very powerful which is why we are moved to do this, and how you can be involved, if you choose.
In a recent TV special, Oprah Winfrey asked, “Where do we go from here?” Racism has been on-going in the US for more than 400 years. We don’t believe there is a quick-fix and even with laws and policies, views and beliefs aren’t guaranteed to change. In fact, they continue to be passed down through the generations.
Ultimately, we believe ALL of us humans want the same basic things – to care for our loved ones and to live peacefully.
The reality is we do not tend to care for someone if we do not know them. Conversely, the better we know and understand someone, and they us, the more likely we are to care for them or, at least, respect their right to exist peacefully.
Years ago, Morgan Spurlock, the creator of SuperSize Me, produced a TV show called 30 Days where volunteers agreed to a 30-day living experiment. In one episode, an Atheist woman lived for 30 days with a Christian family (S2E3). In another, a homophobic, heterosexual man lived with a homosexual man for 30 days (S1E4). In both instances it started out rough but after 30 days of getting to know each other, as people, they became good friends. The two men living together actually hugged goodbye and they both shared a profoundly positive transformation.
At Uchi, we’d like to conduct a similar, and much easier experiment, to help people of dissimilar backgrounds simply get to know each other, as people first. The conversations around racism are big ones and if we struggle to have the smaller conversations, and listen, then how can we ever expect to have the big ones?
The idea is to use the uchiTribe feature of the Uchi app and invite 10 dissimilar people (however you define that) to answer 10 questions each and share their perspective about “what it’s like being you”. Then, enjoy whatever conversation comes of it.
Since everything on Uchi is completely private ONLY the people in this private uchiTribe (which includes you, the leader) will have access to each other’s answers and ONLY if they answer that question first – Uchi Rule #1.
The most adamant racists are not our audience, yet. For now, we just want to help facilitate simple, friendly, respectful conversations, with willing and different people, where every person has a chance to share their perspective on the world and be heard. For example, “What was it like for you growing up?” You can answer that general question however you like.
Our hope is to role model constructive conversations where we all feel heard, as people. The hypothesis is the better we know and understand each other the better our world will be.
What do you say? Are you interested in giving it a try with your own group?
If so, bounce over to the bottom of the uchiTribe page and buy your first one today! (Note: Uchi is 100% ad-free and investor-free but we still need your support to keep going.)
Change will take time but of course,
The journey of 1000 miles begins with the first step.
Peace. Love. Connect.
Have more questions about your own experiment?
Interested in being a part of a completely random group of dissimilar people?