Bridging Divides

Saturday, April 11, 2020 at 11:30 AM EDT

Better Angels: Skills Workshop- Franklin, TN

Practice discussing climate change with those who disagree with you.

About this Event

Can’t share what’s really on your mind? Worried about Climate Change? Polarized conversation doesn’t help. Learn to have respectful, constructive conversations. Practice clarifying differences, seeking common ground, and affirming relationships.

This is for anyone seeking better conversations with those across the aisle.



Wednesday, April 15, 2020 at 01:30 PM EDT
Passmore Center in Hillsborough, NC

Better Angels: Skills Workshop – Hillsborough, NC

Learn to listen to and dialogue with people you disagree with politically!

About this Event

There's a lot of stress these days among family members and friends who are divided politically, and the current polarized public conversation doesn't help. Please join us for a Better Angels Skills Workshop to learn skills for having respectful conversations that clarify differences, search for common ground, and affirm the importance of the relationship.

After a presentation, you will have an opportunity to practice listening and speaking skills. You will practice in a pair with someone of your same political persuasion—red or blue. “Reds” lean conservative and tend to vote Republican. “Blues” lean liberal and tend to vote Democratic. If you fall somewhere in the middle, you can choose a side for purposes of practicing the skills.

Who can come? Anyone interested in having better conversations with people on the other side of the political aisle.



Saturday, April 25, 2020 at 12:45 PM EDT
Unity of Melbourne in Melbourne, FL

Better Angels: Depolarizing Within Workshop – Melbourne, FL

Can we be critical without demonizing, dismissing, and stereotyping those who disagree with us politically?

About this Event

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, three-hour 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.

Questions? Contact Julie Mallisturner:



Thursday, May 07, 2020 at 12:00 PM PDT
Sandy Library in Sandy, OR

Better Angels Skills Workshop-Sandy, OR

Contact Cynthia O'Brian ( for more information.