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!
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:
Contact Bonnie Gilliom (firstname.lastname@example.org) 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.
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!
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.
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.
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 email@example.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.
Contact Marty Jones (firstname.lastname@example.org) for more information.
Learn skills for having respectful conversations that clarify differences, search for common ground and affirm the importance of maintaining relationships with those on the other side of the political divide. Practice conversation skills in pairs with someone of your same political persuasion. Registration required. Presented by the Better Angels Alliance of Eagan.