Searching for truth, together
Impossible Conversations is a competition to encourage difficult conversations in good faith.
Winners receive a share of $2,500 in prize money, publication to Areo Magazine, and invitations to appear as a guest on several podcasts.
To enter, simply have a written conversation on Letter before 1 Feb 2020.
What is an "impossible conversation"?
A difficult, but productive, dialectic: a conversation in which correspondents hold opposing views on an important topic, and whose exchange guides us closer to truth.
Some examples of fertile topics: religion, drugs legalisation, The 2nd Amendment, climate change, the US election, transgender athletes, reparations, euthanasia, border control.
What is the purpose of this competition?
Our aim is to advance the quality and impact of conversation. Humanity has never been more connected, and yet we remain divided on many of the important matters that will shape our future. We believe that thoughtful, good faith conversation is how ideas develop, spread, and take effect in the world.
How do I start a conversation?
Sign up to Letter, ask your interlocutor to do the same, and write a letter to them.
I know the perfect conversation for this competition!
That’s not a question, but I like your enthusiasm! Propose the conversation publicly, and if it transpires you'll be entered into a draw to win $250 plus a copy of How to Have Impossible Conversations.
Tweet proposals like this:
"I'd love to see a conversation between @Person1 and @Person2 about #Topic on letter.wiki #ImpossibleConversations”
Editor of Areo magazine, Author
Helen is a secular, liberal humanist, mother, and dog lover. Her publication, Areo, is a non-partisan digital magazine focused on Enlightenment liberalism, humanism, secularism and freedom of expression.
Economist, Author, Conversationalist
Russ is an economist and Research Fellow at Stanford University's Hoover Institution, the founder and host of EconTalk (a podcast where Russ engages with an eclectic mix of guests and topics), the author of How Adam Smith Can Change Your Life, and co-creator of the Keynes vs Hayek viral rap videos.