Author spotlight: Dan Meisel

Regional director of ADL Santa Barbara/Tri-Counties

Breaking Out of Our Echo Chambers
By Dan Meisel   |   January 11, 2022

A few winters ago, my son dared me to ski through an oversized doghouse meant for snowboarders. I was feeling old and particularly vulnerable to youthful dares. To my surprise, the floor of this structure was arched, sloping towards the walls on both sides. As soon as I entered, my skis veered in opposite directions. […]

In the Pursuit of Equity
By Dan Meisel   |   December 21, 2021

I previously wrote in this space about how only recognizing perspectives “for” or “against” an issue can get in the way of understanding and potentially resolving conflicting views. The recently heightened polarity around discussing race and bias in school classrooms is a prime example. We are seeing advocates frame debates in ways more likely to […]

Let’s Talk Tips for challenging conversations in a divided community (or household)
By Dan Meisel   |   December 7, 2021

Public speaking is a commonly held fear, but I have noticed a dramatic rise in fear of speaking privately – particularly with those whom we love and respect, but also disagree. Local conversations about school bonds, water, masks, racism, elections, and conspiracies escalate with unnerving speed and ferocity, as if all these issues are connected […]