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Tuesday, November 12, 2019 at 12:00 PM MST

Better Angels Skills Worksho- Provo, UT

What is a Skills Workshop?

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.

In addition to the standard skills workshop, Better Angels also holds special skills workshops: one designed especially for Reds, and the other designed for Blues.

Skills workshops are approximately 2 ½ hours long.

Contact Eliza Hawkins (eliza.t.hawkins@byu.edu) for more information.

https://www.better-angels.org/event/skills-workshop-provo-ut/


Tuesday, November 12, 2019 at 06:00 PM CST

Better Angels Debate – Golden Valley, MN

You are invited to a Better Angels community debate! You probably haven’t experienced anything like it. It is a highly structured conversation in which a group of people think together, listen carefully to one another. 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. The topic of the debate will be selected prior to the event, by you, the attendees.

If you have questions, please contact Leah at lpersky@jfcsmpls.org.

https://www.jfcsmpls.org/event/better-angels-debate/ 

 


Wednesday, November 13, 2019 at 05:00 PM EST

Region 2 - Indiana Governor’s Workforce Cabinet to hold Statewide Listening

Governor’s Workforce Cabinet to hold Statewide Listening Tour

Staff from the Governor’s Workforce Cabinet will host a series of listening tour meetings across the State of Indiana in an effort to deliver information regarding the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) 2020 State Strategic Plan. The listening tour will include an overview of the Governor’s Workforce Cabinet, the planning surrounding the development of the state strategic plan, and allow participants to engage in the process. Time will be allotted to discuss barriers Hoosiers are facing, as well as to hear a variety of perspectives from attendees.


Wednesday, November 13, 2019 at 06:00 PM EST
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, November 14, 2019 at 11:30 AM CST
McAlester Expo Center in McAlester, OK

Oklahoma Listening Session with Governor Stitt

Governor Kevin Stitt announced his plans to bring the Top Ten Cabinet Tour to McAlester, Oklahoma on Thursday, Nov. 14.

The fourth stop on the tour will take place at McAlester Expo Center. Doors open at 11 a.m., and the program will begin promptly at 11:30 a.m. with a presentation from Governor Stitt and select members of the cabinet, followed by a listening session for Oklahomans to speak one-on-one with the governor or members of the cabinet about issues they want to see state government address.

“My administration is committed to working with the people of Oklahoma to deliver a Top Ten state, which is why we are taking our cabinet meeting on the road to share about our progress and to listen to citizens,” said Gov. Stitt. “As part of the public meeting, we will share about our progress in delivering government accountability, recruiting new jobs to diversify our economy, and generating innovative solutions to address access to healthcare and a quality public education. We will also spend time hearing from you, touring your community, and meeting with local leaders as we work together to ensure success for all 4 million Oklahomans.”

Admission is free and open to the public, but RSVP is kindly requested. To RSVP, visit: https://www.facebook.com/events/575645126517766/.

Members of the Governor’s Cabinet include: Lt. Gov. Matt Pinnell, Secretary of Tourism and Branding; Steve Buck, Secretary of Human Services and Early Childhood Development; Lisa Billy, Secretary of Native American Affairs; Tim Gatz, Secretary of Transportation; John Budd, Secretary of Agency Accountability; David Ostrowe, Secretary of Digital Transformation and Administration; Sean Kouplen, Secretary of Commerce; Ken Wagner, Secretary of Energy and Environment; Blayne Arthur, Secretary of Agriculture; Mike Mazzei, Secretary of Budget; Michael Rogers, Secretary of State and Education; Chip Keating, Secretary of Public Safety; Jerome Loughridge, Secretary of Health and Mental Health; Kayse Shrum, Secretary of Science and Innovation; and Ben Robinson, Secretary of Military and Veterans Affairs.

Following the conclusion of the public meeting, Gov. Stitt and cabinet members will participate in several site visits in the community.


Thursday, November 14, 2019 at 07:00 PM EST

Virtual LRC Status and Privilege

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!



Saturday, November 16, 2019 at 09:00 AM EST through November 17, 2019

Day-long Red/Blue Workshop – Gastonia, NC

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, November 16, 2019 at 09:00 AM EST

Depolarizing Within Workshop – McLean, VA

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 Curtis Schaeffer schaeffersuerte@gmail.com or Jill Cook cooks471@gmail.com.


Saturday, November 16, 2019 at 09:00 AM EST through November 17, 2019

Day-long Red/Blue Workshop – Poulsbo, WA

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