Bridging Divides

The United States is facing a cultural crisis. Increasingly in America today, we don’t just disagree; we distrust, dislike, even despise those who see the world differently. Animosity for positions is becoming contempt for the people who hold them. Difference and disagreement are deeply personal as we rage against and recoil from those we see as enemies across widening divides—political, racial, religious, economic and more. Most of us see fewer things that bind Americans together today and have few or no friends from the other side. The rate of loneliness has more than doubled to nearly 50%, creating a public health epidemic. We’re withdrawing from conversations—thereby eroding relationships and understanding—which threatens the foundational fabric of America. 75% of Americans say this problem has reached a crisis level, and 56% believe it will only get worse. Our condition is rapidly deteriorating into what’s now being described as a soft civil war.

There’s nothing wrong with passionate beliefs, disagreement, and protest, but it feels like something more dangerous is taking hold. Do you see it? Personally feel it? What’s changed? What can we do about it together? How we can bridge the divides that threaten our future?

Conversation Guides

Reaching Across the Divide (Essential Partners)

Talking Politics (Living Room Conversations)

United or Divided (Living Room Conversations)

Bridging the Political Divide (National Institute for Civil Discourse)

How Should We Get American Politics Back on Track? (National Issues Forums)

Bridging Divides Conversations

Tuesday, November 27, 2018 at 12:00 PM EST

Better Angels Conversation Skills Workshop

Better Angels' Skills Workshop teaches practical skills for having better conversations with friends and family members with whom you have strong political disagreements.

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Saturday, January 12, 2019 at 09:00 AM EST

Better Angels Red/Blue Workshop

Better Angels' signature Red/Blue Workshop brings together 7 conservative-leaning participants and 7 progressive-leaning participants for moderated activities and discussions that clarify disagreements, reduce stereotyped thinking, and begin building the relationships needed to find common ground.

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Saturday, January 19, 2019 at 12:00 PM EST

Better Angels Conversation Skills Workshop

Better Angels' Skills Workshop teaches practical skills for having better conversations with friends and family members with whom you have strong political disagreements.

RSVP
Friday, January 25, 2019 at 12:00 PM EST
N/A in Rockville, MD

Better Angels Red/Blue Workshop

*Event Full*

Better Angels' signature Red/Blue Workshop brings together 7 conservative-leaning participants and 7 progressive-leaning participants for moderated activities and discussions that clarify disagreements, reduce stereotyped thinking, and begin building the relationships needed to find common ground.