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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 07, 2019 at 12:00 PM MST through December 08, 2019

Debate – Longmont, CO

This is a parliamentary style debate. It is more like a structured conversation with many sides. Anyone may speak or ask questions.

You can watch two short videos about Better Angels Debates at https://www.better-angels.org/debates/.

At this point, we need your help in choosing a topic. You'll find six different topics at https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSc98QitBr0vc0eDn8fpaJFStwZ6Z6WbXz_c05R3WwVGKzg6vg/viewform?usp=sf_link.

For each of the six topics or--as we say when debating--resolutions, you'll be asked to rate how much you care about it, whether you support or oppose it, and whether you'd be willing to speak about it at the debate.

Your answers to this poll will help us choose a resolution that evokes passion, and is likely to split the group with 50% in favor, and 50% opposed. If everyone agrees, it isn’t much of a debate!


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


Saturday, January 11, 2020 at 06:00 PM CST
Fisk University in Nashville, TN

The Black Man Project in Nashville, TN

Last month, filmmaker Brian Ellison, anthropologist Marlon Hall, and sculptor Anthony Suber launched a series of conversations focused on the black male experience in contemporary society called "The Black Man Project." Curated by Hall, the dinner series features a moving sculpture created by Suber with conversation centered around a documentary directed by Ellison, UnMASKulinity, debuting next year.

After a day spent in each community shooting for the film, the organizers host a confluence of 16 men from a variety of backgrounds in a recorded environment of listening and learning. Travis McPhail, the Engineering Lead for Maps SDK at Google, is working alongside the group to help identify men to participate in the discussion.

The group, along with other experts in the arts and education, will create a curriculum to accompany the dinner series aiming to empower communities to continue the conversation long after the dinner is over. According to Mental Health America, Black men are particularly conscious of stigma when it comes to seeking help from an expert such as a psychologist.

The events are hosted by The Black Man Project and funded in part by grants from the John Steven Kellet Foundation and the City of Houston through the Houston Arts Alliance.


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.