Who We Are

Listen First Project is a global non-profit education group that facilitates greater understanding, respect and cooperation by encouraging the timeless but abandoned practice of listening to each other, especially to those with whom we disagree. We believe in the power of listening to transform our discourse and change the world.

We are led by our founder and president, Pearce Godwin, a Board of Directors and an Advisory Council. More than two dozen individuals of highly diverse backgrounds and passions from around the world have united 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 big ideas.

If you would like to partner with Listen First Project financially, we welcome your donation. Your generosity will fund multi-channel, targeted promotion of our message as well as educational programs in high schools and universities in order to foster a new generation of Listening Leaders.

If you would like LFP to speak or host an event for your organization, please email LFP@ListenFirstProject.org. We have spoken to high school and college groups, youth leadership camps and concerts. Let's plan an engaging and inspirational event for your audience.

We invite you to sign the pledge to be a part of the Listen First movement!


Our Story

It all started on a bus ride across Africa. 

LFP 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 civil discourse and greater understanding in America and around the world.

During the 2014 midterm election season, we 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. In 2015, LFP launched the Listen First Essay Series drawing on voices from across the country to apply listening first to everyday life experience as well as the most challenging issues of our time. In 2016, LFP took Listen First, Vote Second to the presidential conventions, had thousands of people sign the Listen First Pledge, and launched the Listening Coalition. LFP also hosts events and a radio show while establishing chapters in high schools, universities and internationally.