In an era where every headline has weight, trust shapes our reality. A striking Gallup poll shows a deep partisan split: 73% of Democrats vs. 10% of Republicans trust the media. It's a divide that ripples through our democracy. Political weariness is real, with 65% of Americans overwhelmed by division. Meanwhile, a Pew survey reveals a similar partisan split in trust towards medical scientists during COVID-19. Now is the moment to come together, find common ground, and strengthen our collective trust. United, we stand resilient.
Olivia Chiang is a junior at The Nueva School. Struck by the severe polarization plaguing our political system, she founded the nonprofit Let’s Talk Unite in 2021. With her team, Olivia leads local workshops on identifying bias, designs open-source conversation guides, and hosts a podcast featuring leading researchers concerning polarization and corporate interests, vaccine hesitancy, and religious identity. In the long term, Olivia aspires to conduct transformative research that disrupts our echo chambers and reshapes our political dialogue.