The Power of a Conversation

April 4, 2011 | Guest

By Susanna Foote

WARNING: The following blog post if very idealistic. But hey, it is still allowed because I’m only 22! Regardless, should you doubt this method, feel free to ask how NeW has successfully expanded – and is still growing – into a national organization.

Every now and then a man’s mind is stretched by a new idea or sensation, and never shrinks back to its former dimensions. – Oliver Wendell Holmes

When Karin, NeW’s founder and president, agreed to speak on my small campus in Purcellville, Virginia, I excitedly promoted her as a young leader gaining influence in national politics – a real voice for conservative women! All true. Upon reflection, I promoted what had popular appeal, but missed her most significant contribution. It is not the national attention she has earned but what she has started that is the most important – conversation.

In the age of the internet, with its infinite information and its ugly progeny, the insta-pundit and the commenter who has something to say about everything, many lament that conversation is a lost art. EVERYONE IS TALKING! No one is listening.

Conversations depend on more than just talking. They demand an exchange of ideas. Done correctly, listening stretches your understanding as well as your compassion and respect for others. Talking should communicate the same.

Radical feminism has done more talking than conversing. Young women and men have been hooked up to an IV of information through popular culture and the classroom which endorses the feminist framework for society.

In NeW chapters across the country, women on college campuses meet regularly to have real conversations. They exchange ideas about why radical feminism is not working for us. And as these individual conversations happen, their minds are stretched – they gain understanding of societal issues and respect for both men and women – and they are changed.

If a weekly conversation between a handful of girls can cause a meaningful change that sparks another conversation between another handful of girls, then before you know it, the impact is substantial.

Conversation is a strategic way to effect change in your environment. Never underestimate the power of a conversation.

By the way, we had way too much fun with Karin when she spoke last week. Check out some of the yummy, pink details on my friend Rebecca’s blog!


NeW Gentleman of the Year Bryant Condrey with Karin Agness

NeW Gentleman of the Year Bryant Condrey with Karin Agness at PHC

Susanna Foote is a senior at Patrick Henry College. She is the President of her NeW chapter.


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