We are a group of students who were affected by the polarization that followed the 2016 presidential election in the USA. We have created an initiative called Leaders for Political Dialogue - a forum for college students and community members across the political spectrum to convene and discuss issues of common interest - to hear each other’s point of view with curiosity and without fear - in facilitated dialogue. We will also provide skills training for participants in community engagement and facilitation so they can foster similar dialogue in their communities. The main objective of Leaders for Political Dialogue is to create a model process for dialogue.
We need a logo for our initiative, one that resonates with an extremely diverse and sometimes divided audience - democrat, republican, people with other party affiliations, and those not affiliated with any party, but who all share a common interest - to improve local and national dialogue.
Purple would be a nice color to incorporate into the logo as it bridges between the divisive "red and blue" labels that people use in general conversation when they refer to red democratic states versus blue republican states.
Some creative guidance I will provide here is the guidance we have adhered to in shaping the initiative itself: we must use language and symbols that are neutral in order to appeal across the political base. To demonstrate my point, I have attached our concept note which describes our initiative. You will see that I avoid the use of words like "safe space" and other such terms which might be polarizing, to ensure that the initiative does not alienate individuals with different communication preferences. The logo must also take this into consideration.
With our logo and written communication, we aim to appeal to people who want to join in thoughtful, rational, interpersonal, insightful, peer-to-peer dialogue, and who are open to listening to other people's points of view on issues of common interest. These issues will vary from trade to the environment to health and security, etc. - issues that can be very divisive.
At our forum, we will facilitate dialogue that stresses the importance of listening to other points of view, to inform each other's thinking and understanding. We do not aim to change people's points of view. Rather, we aim to enable productive dialogue, understanding of each other's points of view and how these views have been formed, and to reduce polarization. We aim to foster thoughtful and respectful dialogue.