Meaningful conversations leading to change happen in the gray areas of conversation. We must go beyond thinking in terms of black and white and speaking only with people who agree with us. In order to engage people in topics we think are important, we must understand our assumptions and their experiences. In the field of public horticulture, we often encounter people who disagree with us about GMOs, pesticide use, and climate change. At any time engaging with those around you could lead to an uncomfortable conversation. Using practices based in adult education and life-long learning, critical thinking, reflection, and effective discussion, participants will explore how to have a more meaningful and effective conversation with those who think differently, realizing the goal is not necessarily to change minds but to have civil dialogue.