Bridging Divides

Tuesday, October 22, 2019 at 05:30 PM EDT
Fort Mill Public Library in Fort Mill, SC

Communicating with Care - Living Room Conversations at the Fort Mill Public Library

Join us for our initial Living Room Conversations meeting where we will be learning how to discuss difficult topics with kindness and empathy. This is the first in a series that will feature hot topics. If you'd like to read more about Living Room Conversations, you can check out their website.

Register by going here.

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Wednesday, October 23, 2019 at 06:00 PM EDT

Better Angels Debate

A Better Angels Debate is a different kind of debate 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. Debates encourage the passionate and energetic expression of ideas; allow for the expression of nuance and ambiguity; allow people to admit that they are not really sure which side they support when that’s the case.

Learn more and register here!


Wednesday, October 23, 2019 at 06:00 PM EDT
Queens Library at Forest Hills in Forest Hills, NY

Let's Talk Democracy presents: Democracy in Peril

Join us as Michael Krasner, Professor of Political Science at Queens College, returns by popular demand to present Can Democracy Survive? – a 5-week civics series that focuses on the threats to our current democracy and what we can do to defend it. He will cover the benefits and vulnerabilities of democracies in the modern world, highlight those that are under attack today, discuss issues and causes that are weakening our democracy and possible responses to these worrisome trends.  Don’t miss this free, informative journey to empowerment through better understanding of our times. 

ADMISSION IS FREE

www.letstalkdemocracy.org

About Prof. Michael Krasner

Queens College Political Science Professor Michael Krasner is an expert in American government and politics. As co-director of the Taft Institute for Government at Queens College, he works to expand and enhance citizen participation by promoting a better understanding of the political process. 

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Thursday, October 24, 2019 at 07:00 PM EDT
Enterprise Grange #48 in Richmond, ME

What are American Values: A Make Shift Coffee House Conversation

What are American Values? What does America stand for? What does it mean to be patriotic? Or unpatriotic? This interactive event will discuss these and related questions to help us understand one another and the issues - versus debating them. Our purpose is to understand each other's views about American values and where those views come from.

As with all Make Shift Coffee Houses, this will not be a debate. We aim to learn about and understand each other’s political views, talk with our neighbors, and enjoy good company.

All are welcome! No advance registration or tickets required.

Republicans, Democrats, Libertarians, Greens, Independents, Undecided…we want to hear from everyone!

Click here for specifics about the format and what it's like to attend a Make Shift Coffee House.

For directions, click on this Google Map.

 


Saturday, October 26, 2019 at 09:00 AM PDT

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, October 26, 2019 at 12:00 PM 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, October 26, 2019 at 01:00 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, October 26, 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.

Learn more and register here!


Tuesday, October 29, 2019 at 03:00 PM EDT

Virtual LRC Conversation on Guns and Responsibility

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 conversation guide and register here!


Tuesday, October 29, 2019 at 05:30 PM PDT

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!