November 08, 2017
What is the Better Angels structure?
Our organizational structure is guided by the Better Angels Rule: we are red and blue together in approximately equal numbers; and we are upscale and working class, and of different colors, such that our organization looks like the country we seek to serve. At the local level, Better Angels alliances strive to reflect the characteristics of their local community in areas such as social class and race/ethnicity. At the national level, we strive to have an organization that looks like our country.
We are a non-profit led by a Board of Directors.
We’re a grassroots membership organization. (Members are called “better angels.”) Membership dues are $10 per year, for which people receive regular email and other communications, have the right to vote each year on Better Angels issue priorities, and are eligible to start or join Better Angels Alliances and recruit or work with or through Better Angels partner organizations.
What are Better Angels Alliances?
Local groups of people who have participated in a Better Angels workshop, have become dues-paying members, and want to help unify America and promote better public policy. Alliances have red/blue co-chairs and prioritize having no more than a 60/40 split in red and blue membership. There can also be members who see themselves as true independents who do not lean red or blue.
Alliances work on at least two levels:
Working to unify our country by starting in the local community and sponsoring Better Angels workshops and other activities. There are two kinds of Better Angels workshops: a red/blue workshop (3 hours or 6 hours), and a 2.5 hour skills workshop where participants learn effective ways to communicate with others who differ from them politically.
Public policy issues that the group democratically agrees to work on. Proposed criteria for choosing policy issues:
a) The issue directly addresses sources of polarization, OR the issue has wide red/blue support but is blocked by inertia or legislative polarization,
b) A local group could make a difference when reds and blues go public together,
c) The issue has at least one red and blue champion: that is, someone who is willing to spend time and energy to help lead and do work on the issue.
d) To be adopted, it requires at least 75 percent support on both red and blue sides.