Then, I see this article by Amanda Ripley in the Wall Street Journal that I read this morning. People setting up programs to bring others together face to face, to spend time together and discover what they have in common, instead of just focusing on their disagreements.
What she reports is people doing just what I've been advocating for some time now. I'm glad to see other people ahead of me in this! I'm still finishing my book, so I don't have time to start or even participate in an exchange program right now.
Anyway, I have read the whole article and I recommend it!