Bridging Divides

Saturday, December 07, 2019 at 08:30 AM EST through December 08, 2019

Day-long Red/Blue Workshop – Richmond, VA

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:

1: Better understand the experiences and beliefs of those on the other side of the political divide
2: Find areas of commonality in addition to differences
3: Learn something that might be helpful to you and to others in your community and the nation

Saturday, December 07, 2019 at 08:30 AM EST

Short-form (3-hour) Red/Blue Workshop – Athens, GA

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:

1: Better understand the experiences and beliefs of those on the other side of the political divide
2: Find areas of commonality in addition to differences
3: Learn something that might be helpful to you and to others in your community and the nation

Saturday, December 14, 2019 at 08:30 AM EST through December 15, 2019

Day-long Red/Blue Workshop – Ann Arbor, MI

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:

1: Better understand the experiences and beliefs of those on the other side of the political divide
2: Find areas of commonality in addition to differences
3: Learn something that might be helpful to you and to others in your community and the nation

Saturday, December 14, 2019 at 12:00 PM EST

Skills Workshop-Chapel Hill, NC

Contact Bonnie Gilliom (bbgilliom@gmail.com) for exact location. 

In our current polarized political environment, many people avoid or dread political conversations with friends or family members whose politics differ from their own. They worry, rightly so, that any attempts at political discussions will devolve into arguments and acrimony, and result in hurt feelings or anger.

Better Angels Skills Workshops teach skills for having respectful conversations that clarify differences, search for common ground, and affirm the importance of the relationship. They also give participants a safe environment to practice those skills.


Tuesday, December 17, 2019 at 06:00 PM EST
William K Sanford Town Library in Loudonville, NY

Better Angels Style Debate- Albany, NY

You probably haven’t experienced anything like a Better Angels Debate. It’s not a political debate, where competing candidates attempt to win votes. Nor is it a high school or college debate, where people advocate positions in which they may not believe for the sole purpose of vanquishing their foes.

A Better Angels Debate is a highly structured conversation in which a group of people think together, listen carefully to one another, and allow themselves to be touched and perhaps changed by each other’s ideas. When done well, everyone walks out a little closer to the truth, more aware of the validity in opposing views, and with tighter community relationships.

YOU will chose the topics for this debate, two topics altogether. Bring your best arguments and let's start the DEBATE!

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/better-angels-style-debate-tickets-77549926919


Thursday, December 19, 2019 at 09:00 AM EST

Better Angels Skills Workshop-SaddleBrooke, AZ

There's a lot of stress these days among friends and family members who are divided politically, and the current polarized public conversation doesn't help. Please join us for the free Better Angels SkillsWorkshop December 19 from 9am-noon in the Sonoran Room at Mountain View to learn skills for having respectful conversations that clarify differences, search for common ground, and affirm the importance of the relationship.

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/how-to-talk-across-the-political-divide-better-angels-skills-workshop-tickets-79742190037


Tuesday, January 14, 2020 at 06:30 PM EST

What is the most critical political issue today, and why? A Make Shift Coffee House Conversation

What is the most critical political issue today, and why?

As with all Make Shift Coffee Houses, this is not a debate. It’s simply about listening and understanding each other’s political views, talking with our neighbors, and enjoying good company. Independents, Republicans, Democrats, Libertarians, Greens, we want to hear from all of you.  Everyone welcome!

Live music, free coffee and snacks will be provided.

For directions check out this Google Map.

For more information, follow this link to the Events Page on the Make Shift Coffee House website.


Wednesday, January 15, 2020 at 09:00 AM EST
Maine State Library in Augusta, ME

Make Shift Training: How to facilitate conversation across the political divide.

Make Shift Coffee House Founder, Craig Freshley is offering a full day of training in Maine on January 15, 2020. Whether you intend to facilitate an actual Make Shift Coffee House or not, this training will be valuable to anyone who wants to facilitate respectful conversation among people with different views for the purpose of understanding each other. And if you do facilitate a Make Shift Coffee House after attending the training, organizers are offering $500 for your services.

Here’s a link to the training page on the Make Shift Coffee House website. Learn all about it here.

For directions check out this Google Map.

 


Wednesday, January 15, 2020 at 06:30 PM EST
United Church of Chapel Hill in Chapel Hill, NC

Better Angels Depolarizing Within Workshop-Chapel Hill, NC

This workshop consists of four one-hour sessions, January 15, 22, 29 and February 5, 6:30 - 7:30 PM. Attendance at all 4 sessions is very important*. Please register for all four sessions by clicking on "Select a Date" then clicking on a ticket for each of the 4 sessions, then clicking on "Register" (tip - uncheck the box requesting notifications from Eventbrite unless you like to get lots of email)

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 free, four-week workshop helps participants become more aware of their own "inner polarizer." It teaches how to be critical without demonizing, dismissing, or stereotyping large swaths of the population. And it offers 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.

Who can come? Anyone interested in examining their own inner polarization.

Each session will be preceded by a meal at 5:45.pm provided by various volunteer organizations. Workshop participants are invited to jion us for this meal and make a donation to support the cause promoted by the organization providing the meal.

Questions? Contact Jack Denniston at jldenniston3@gmail.com

*If you cannot commit to attending all four sessions, it would be better to wait and plan to attend another Depolarizing Within Workshop in the future. 

 

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/better-angels-depolarizing-within-workshop-tickets-78056869197 


Wednesday, January 22, 2020 at 06:30 PM EST
United Church of Chapel Hill in Chapel Hill, NC

Better Angels Depolarizing Within Workshop Session 2