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

Sunday, June 16, 2019 at 12:00 PM EDT

Better Angels 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.

Learn more and register here!

Sunday, June 16, 2019 at 12:00 PM EDT

Better Angels 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.

Learn more and register here!

Monday, June 17, 2019 at 05:00 PM PDT
Single Hill Brewing in Yakima, WA

Cascade Public Media Community Advisory Board Listening Session

Monday, June 17, 2019
5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

What are the topics being talked about around the watercooler at your workplace? What matters most to you? We want to hear from you!

Join Cascade Public Media, home of KCTS 9 and Crosscut, at Single Hill Brewing on June 17th to share the issues that are most important to you and your community.

Enjoy complimentary drinks and light refreshments while discussing your thoughts on the most pressing local problems with Cascade Public Media's Executive Editor Victor Herndandez; News & Politics Editor Mark Baumgarten and Managing Editor Florangela Davila.

Date: Monday, June 17th

Time: Light reception 5:00 PM, program 5:30 PM - 6:30 PM

Location: Single Hill Brewing, 120 N. Naches Ave. Yakima, WA 98901

 

RSVP HERE FOR THIS FREE EVENT!

 

We hope to see you there!

Questions? Email Andrea O'Meara at aomeara@kcts9.org

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Saturday, June 22, 2019 at 12:00 PM EDT

Better Angels 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.

Learn more and register here!

Saturday, June 22, 2019 at 12:00 PM EDT

Better Angels 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.

Learn more and register here!

Sunday, June 30, 2019 at 12:00 PM EDT

Better Angels 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.

Learn more and register here!

Saturday, July 13, 2019 at 12:00 PM EDT

Better Angels 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.

Learn more and register here!

Saturday, July 20, 2019 at 12:00 PM EDT

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.

Learn more and register here!

Saturday, July 27, 2019 at 12:00 PM EDT

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.

Learn more and register here!

Saturday, August 17, 2019 at 12:00 PM EDT

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.

Learn more and register here!