Here are four kinds of interview prompts to “complicate the narrative” - 22 curious questions designed to draw out more meaningful responses and respectfully challenge stereotypes.
AMPLIFY CONTRADICTIONS & WIDEN THE LENS
- "What is dividing us on this issue?"
- "How do you decide which information to trust?"
- "What is oversimplified about this issue?"
- "Where do you feel torn?"
- "Is there any part of the [other side's] position that makes sense to you?"
ASK QUESTIONS THAT GET TO PEOPLE’S MOTIVATIONS
- "Why is this important to you?"
- "Which experiences have shaped your views?"
- "What do you want the other side to understand about you?”
- "What do you want to understand about the other side?”
- "How has this conflict affected your life?"
- "What would change in your life if more people agreed with your stance?"
- "What would it be like if people didn’t agree with your stance?”
LISTEN MORE AND BETTER
- "Tell me more about that.”
- "How do you feel, telling this story?"
- "Where does that (feeling, emotion, paranoia, distrust) come from?"
- "Can I interrupt you? I want to make sure I have everything right.”
- "What’s the question nobody’s asking?"
EXPOSE PEOPLE TO THE OTHER TRIBE & COUNTER CONFIRMATION BIAS
- "What do you think the other group thinks of you?”
- "What do you think the other group wants?”
- "What do you already know, and what do you want to understand, about the other side?”
- "Help me make sense of this. Because a lot of other people are saying “X”...
- "Is there anything about how the media portrays you or people with your views that feels inaccurate?”