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)

A House Divided: What Would We Have to Give Up to Get the Political System We Want? (National Issues Forums)

Bridging Divides Conversations

Saturday, August 24, 2019 at 09:30 AM EDT

Better Angels Red/Blue Workshop (short-form)

Red/Blue Workshops bring together 5-7 Republican or conservative-leaning citizens and 5-7 Democratic or liberal-leaning citizens for a day of structured conversations. Here’s what you can expect to get out of a workshop: Better understand the experiences and beliefs of those on the other side of the political divide. Find areas of commonality in addition to differences. Learn something that might be helpful to you and to others in your community and the nation.

Learn more and register here!

Saturday, August 24, 2019 at 09:30 AM EDT

Better Angels Red/Blue Workshop (short-form)

Red/Blue Workshops bring together 5-7 Republican or conservative-leaning citizens and 5-7 Democratic or liberal-leaning citizens for a day of structured conversations. Here’s what you can expect to get out of a workshop: Better understand the experiences and beliefs of those on the other side of the political divide. Find areas of commonality in addition to differences. Learn something that might be helpful to you and to others in your community and the nation.

Learn more and register here!

Sunday, August 25, 2019 at 12:00 PM CDT

Better Angels Depolarizing Within Workshop

Much of today’s polarization is driven by how we talk with like-minded people about those on the other side.  Too often, we stereotype, dismiss, or ridicule our fellow citizens who support the other political party, its leaders, and its policies. This workshop teaches participants: How to be more aware of their own "inner polarizer." How to be critical without demonizing, dismissing, or stereotyping large swaths of the population. Strategies for intervening constructively in social conversations with like-minded peers when these conversations veer into contempt and ridicule for people who hold other political views.

 

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Monday, August 26, 2019 at 07:00 PM EDT

Virtual LRC Conversation on Communicating with Care

A 90-minute conversation with optional 30-minute Q & A with hosts. Living Room Conversations offers a simple, sociable and structured way to practice communicating across differences while building understanding and relationships. Typically, 4-7 people meet in person or by video call for about 90 minutes to listen to and be heard by others on one of our nearly 100 topics. Rather than debating or convincing others, we take turns talking to share and learn. No preparation is required.

See the topic guide and register here!

Wednesday, August 28, 2019 at 12:00 PM CDT

Better Angels Red/Blue Workshop (short-form)

Red/Blue Workshops bring together 5-7 Republican or conservative-leaning citizens and 5-7 Democratic or liberal-leaning citizens for a day of structured conversations. Here’s what you can expect to get out of a workshop: Better understand the experiences and beliefs of those on the other side of the political divide. Find areas of commonality in addition to differences. Learn something that might be helpful to you and to others in your community and the nation.

Learn more and register here!

Thursday, August 29, 2019 at 07:00 PM EDT

Virtual LRC Conversation on Peace Building

A 90-minute conversation with optional 30-minute Q & A with hosts. Living Room Conversations offers a simple, sociable and structured way to practice communicating across differences while building understanding and relationships. Typically, 4-7 people meet in person or by video call for about 90 minutes to listen to and be heard by others on one of our nearly 100 topics. Rather than debating or convincing others, we take turns talking to share and learn. No preparation is required.

See the topic guide and register here!

Saturday, August 31, 2019 at 01:00 PM PDT
The Rio Linda Grange #403 in Rio Linda, CA

Better Angels Skills Training Workshop

Skills Training Workshops can be done with any size group and any mix of red (conservative) and blue (liberal/progressive) participants. Skills workshops do the following: Provide you with the knowledge of what it takes to have constructive, non-polarizing conversations between people who disagree politically. Give you the chance to practice the skills to have these conversations. Motivate you to have these conversations with people in your social network.

Learn more and register here!

Saturday, September 07, 2019 at 09:00 AM EDT

Better Angels Red/Blue Workshop (day-long)

Red/Blue Workshops bring together 5-7 Republican or conservative-leaning citizens and 5-7 Democratic or liberal-leaning citizens for a day of structured conversations. Here’s what you can expect to get out of a workshop: Better understand the experiences and beliefs of those on the other side of the political divide. Find areas of commonality in addition to differences. Learn something that might be helpful to you and to others in your community and the nation.

Learn more and register here!

Saturday, September 07, 2019 at 12:00 PM EDT

Better Angels Skills Training Workshop

Skills Training Workshops can be done with any size group and any mix of red (conservative) and blue (liberal/progressive) participants. Skills workshops do the following: Provide you with the knowledge of what it takes to have constructive, non-polarizing conversations between people who disagree politically. Give you the chance to practice the skills to have these conversations. Motivate you to have these conversations with people in your social network.

Learn more and register here!

Saturday, September 14, 2019 at 09:00 AM EDT

Better Angels Red/Blue Workshop (day-long)

Red/Blue Workshops bring together 5-7 Republican or conservative-leaning citizens and 5-7 Democratic or liberal-leaning citizens for a day of structured conversations. Here’s what you can expect to get out of a workshop: Better understand the experiences and beliefs of those on the other side of the political divide. Find areas of commonality in addition to differences. Learn something that might be helpful to you and to others in your community and the nation.

Learn more and register here!

Saturday, September 14, 2019 at 09:00 AM CDT

Better Angels Red/Blue Workshop (day-long)

Red/Blue Workshops bring together 5-7 Republican or conservative-leaning citizens and 5-7 Democratic or liberal-leaning citizens for a day of structured conversations. Here’s what you can expect to get out of a workshop: Better understand the experiences and beliefs of those on the other side of the political divide. Find areas of commonality in addition to differences. Learn something that might be helpful to you and to others in your community and the nation.

Learn more and register here!

Saturday, September 14, 2019 at 09:15 AM CDT

Better Angels Red/Blue Workshop (short-form)

Red/Blue Workshops bring together 5-7 Republican or conservative-leaning citizens and 5-7 Democratic or liberal-leaning citizens for a day of structured conversations. Here’s what you can expect to get out of a workshop: Better understand the experiences and beliefs of those on the other side of the political divide. Find areas of commonality in addition to differences. Learn something that might be helpful to you and to others in your community and the nation.

Learn more and register here!

Saturday, September 14, 2019 at 09:30 AM CDT

Better Angels Depolarizing Within Workshop

Much of today’s polarization is driven by how we talk with like-minded people about those on the other side.  Too often, we stereotype, dismiss, or ridicule our fellow citizens who support the other political party, its leaders, and its policies. This workshop teaches participants: How to be more aware of their own "inner polarizer." How to be critical without demonizing, dismissing, or stereotyping large swaths of the population. Strategies for intervening constructively in social conversations with like-minded peers when these conversations veer into contempt and ridicule for people who hold other political views.

Learn more and register here!

Saturday, September 14, 2019 at 10:30 AM CDT

Better Angels Red/Blue Workshop (short-form)

Red/Blue Workshops bring together 5-7 Republican or conservative-leaning citizens and 5-7 Democratic or liberal-leaning citizens for a day of structured conversations. Here’s what you can expect to get out of a workshop: Better understand the experiences and beliefs of those on the other side of the political divide. Find areas of commonality in addition to differences. Learn something that might be helpful to you and to others in your community and the nation.

Learn more and register here!

Saturday, September 14, 2019 at 10:00 AM PDT

Better Angels Red/Blue Workshop (short-form)

Red/Blue Workshops bring together 5-7 Republican or conservative-leaning citizens and 5-7 Democratic or liberal-leaning citizens for a day of structured conversations. Here’s what you can expect to get out of a workshop: Better understand the experiences and beliefs of those on the other side of the political divide. Find areas of commonality in addition to differences. Learn something that might be helpful to you and to others in your community and the nation.

Learn more and register here!

Saturday, September 14, 2019 at 02:00 PM EDT

Better Angels Skills Training Workshop

Skills Training Workshops can be done with any size group and any mix of red (conservative) and blue (liberal/progressive) participants. Skills workshops do the following: Provide you with the knowledge of what it takes to have constructive, non-polarizing conversations between people who disagree politically. Give you the chance to practice the skills to have these conversations. Motivate you to have these conversations with people in your social network.

Learn more and register here!

Sunday, September 15, 2019 at 12:00 PM CDT
Contact organizer for exact location in Nashville/Brentwood, TN

Better Angels Skills Training Workshop

Skills Training Workshops can be done with any size group and any mix of red (conservative) and blue (liberal/progressive) participants. Skills workshops do the following: Provide you with the knowledge of what it takes to have constructive, non-polarizing conversations between people who disagree politically. Give you the chance to practice the skills to have these conversations. Motivate you to have these conversations with people in your social network.

Learn more and register here!

Tuesday, September 17, 2019 at 12:00 PM EDT

Better Angels Skills Training Workshop

Skills Training Workshops can be done with any size group and any mix of red (conservative) and blue (liberal/progressive) participants. Skills workshops do the following: Provide you with the knowledge of what it takes to have constructive, non-polarizing conversations between people who disagree politically. Give you the chance to practice the skills to have these conversations. Motivate you to have these conversations with people in your social network.

Learn more and register here!

Tuesday, September 17, 2019 at 06:00 PM EDT

Better Angels Red/Blue Workshop (short-form)

Red/Blue Workshops bring together 5-7 Republican or conservative-leaning citizens and 5-7 Democratic or liberal-leaning citizens for a day of structured conversations. Here’s what you can expect to get out of a workshop: Better understand the experiences and beliefs of those on the other side of the political divide. Find areas of commonality in addition to differences. Learn something that might be helpful to you and to others in your community and the nation.

Learn more and register here!