Juliana Tafur

Juliana Tafur

Founder, filmmaker and workshop creator of Listen Courageously.

My name is Juliana Tafur. I’m the producer and director of the award-winning documentary “List(e)n” as well as the founder of Listen Courageously, a movement and workshop with a mission to show people how to navigate our differences, through listening. 

Our mission at Listen Courageously is to solve an evolving social problem, which is: as a society, we have forgotten how to listen. Connecting again at a human level – regardless of ideological preferences, sexual orientation, skin color or cultural heritage – has never been more important. 

Our immersive virtual workshops are designed to make people more aware of their listening blocks and better able to engage in heart-centered conversations that lead to understanding.

Using our award-winning documentary film “List(e)n”, which successfully makes people with opposing viewpoints connect at a human level, we’re breaking down these silos by guiding people on how to have heart-centered conversations that lead to understanding, as well as how to listen to see past stereotypes.  

Why do you want to be a part of the HundrED Community?

I believe that my work and film will help students to understand those around them on a deeper level and challenge them to listen during conversations with those they may disagree with. I believe that through my own personal story and work, I can inspire students to engage in heart-centered conversations that lead to understanding.

How can education support students to flourish?

Education is an important part of the support system that allows students to flourish. Education is what opens students' minds to the experiences of those around them, gives them access to information to make informed decisions and offers them the tools they need to effect change in their communities.

What role does innovation play in education change?

Societal needs are changing. As the world changes around us, organizations everywhere say they need people who have the ability to think creatively come up with novel solutions to problems, make connections in new and exciting ways, and brainstorm ideas are in high demand. It is only by innovating the way we educate young people that we prepare them for these roles.

Three HundrED innovations you love. (and Why?)

Design for Change: This innovation is close to my heart as it aligns with the world I do everyday-fostering conversations that lead to understanding. Carousel: Social Emotional Learning for All: I believe that social emotional learning leads to well-rounded, compassionate people! CulturED: This innovation aligns with my passion of DE&I and compassionate listening!

Three innovations you would love for HundrED to know about. (and Why?)

1. Listen Courageously - our work encourages people to identify their listening blocks and engage in conversations that lead to understanding, across differences. 2. The Guelph Outdoor School - a learning and development option which serves as an alternative & complement to the classroom, and increasingly recognized as a supportive way to support kids in adapting to a changing world.