Hearing One Another

Hearing One Another is a Second Science Project workshop. Through innovative and interactive learning, it provides an opportunity for participants to better appreciate the richness of one another’s identities and to start developing conversation habits that can promote more meaningful interactions and a stronger sense of belonging. Hearing One Another highlights how understanding can be practiced as a skill, with many benefits for the climate in our community.

This workshop is now being made available to the entire University community. Sign up with your class, department, residence hall, RSO, center, or any other group you think might benefit. Hearing One Another is two hours long and is ideal for groups of 15-30 people.



In partnership with the University of Chicago Booth School of Business and The Second City, the Second Science Project (SSP) intersects behavioral science with improvisational practice to cultivate insights and interpersonal skills central to understanding one another.

This collaboration does not take improvisation as a form of entertainment, but rather as a feature of daily life—something people must do every time they find themselves in a situation they didn’t completely foresee. This evidence-driven collaboration seeks to help people not only understand, but practice adapting their own behavior to accommodate how people improvise their responses to the everyday world.

Through these learning experiences, SSP workshops help participants access their ability to improvise and translate insights from behavioral science into action. Grounded in over a century of behavioral science and The Second City’s renowned “Yes, And” philosophy, each workshop uses enriched improvisational exercises to help participants identify, analyze, and better adapt their individual approaches to the interpersonal demands of their work.


What do participants say?

Previous participants in Hearing One Another say that the workshop has given them the tools to connect with one another, find similarities and understand differences through asking questions. Participants found the workshop’s approach as teaching a new way of forming community.

“The workshop gave me the confidence to engage more and ask more questions when people speak to me.”

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