Who We Are
Listen First Project encourages conversations towards increased respect and understanding — inspiring hope and behavior change one Listen First Pledge and Conversation at a time. LFP drives the Listen First movement to restore relationships, build bridges, and mend the frayed fabric of society. The Listen First movement is promoted coast to coast by the many organizational members of our Listen First Coalition as well as local Listen First chapters in schools and communities.
Listen First Project and the broader Listen First movement are led by our founder and CEO Pearce Godwin and a leadership team comprised of dozens of individuals of highly diverse backgrounds and ideologies—all uniting to lend their unique talents to a cause that is bigger than any of us. We've been tremendously encouraged by your reactions and welcome your ideas and support.
If you would like to partner with Listen First Project financially, we welcome your generous donation. Your investment in the Listen First movement will enable us to promote the Listen First message, foster a new generation of Listening Leaders, and model civil discourse via live events. All levels of investment are greatly appreciated and powerfully impactful in rebuilding civil discourse.
If you would like Pearce or another LFP leader to speak or host a Listen First Event for your organization, please email Events@ListenFirstProject.org. We have been honored to appear at many events across the country: leadership conferences, middle school, high school, and college campuses, political round tables, a Congressional Summit, New York City's Central Park, Facebook Live and more. We'd love to provide an engaging and inspirational Listen First Event for your audience!
It all started on a bus ride across Africa.
Listen First Project was founded by Pearce Godwin in 2013 shortly after he wrote "It's Time to Listen" at the end of a profound six month experience in Africa. The blog post-turned-national commentary was printed in dozens of major newspapers across the country garnering a tremendously encouraging response. LFP was born out of a desire to turn those words into action and make a tangible impact towards restoring civil discourse and enhancing understanding in America and around the world.
2013: Listen First Project founded with "It's Time to Listen."
2014: Launched the Listen First, Vote Second campaign to directly target the most salient case of our failure to listen to those with whom we disagree—politics. In recognition of the campaign, Pearce was honored to attend the Congressional Summit on Next Generation Leadership on Capitol Hill in Washington. Released the #ListenFirst: It Starts with Us inspirational video.
2015: Launched the Listen First Essay Series drawing on voices from around the world applying listening first to their life experience and the most challenging issues of our time. Developed Listen First Conversation Guidelines.
2016: Took Listen First, Vote Second to the presidential conventions, had thousands of people sign the Listen First Pledge, began hosting Listen First Conversations on the radio, and launched our first school chapter.
2017: Pearce launched the Listen First Coalition of organizations across America working to rebuild civil discourse. We hosted the first Listen First Round Table event with voters from across the political spectrum, which was called a "miracle." Pearce began hosting virtual Listen First Conversations on Facebook Live. The first—among San Francisco Liberals & Southern Conservatives—was watched by 20,000 people. Pearce shared his perspective on these conversation in the Huffington Post. In the aftermath of the Charlottesville tragedy, Listen First Project spoke out for civility and will be hosting a major Listen First event in Charlottesville. After four years of leading Listen First Project in the margins of his life, Pearce left his job and invested full time in Listen First to change the world.
As the Listen First movement builds nationwide, Pearce continues to share his perspective on our blog and in widely-published columns promoted by outlets such as The Hill, Charlotte Observer, Miami Herald, Oklahoman, and New York Times.