Hastings Star Gazette // Much of Doherty’s advice centers on active listening. The first step to a productive conversation where participants walk away learning, he said, is for everyone involved to commit to not trying to convert others to their beliefs.
Coverage of Better Angels by local print or web news outlets
The Post-Star // If you are disgusted with politics and the current state of political parties, you should do something about it.
Twin Cities Pioneer Press // Bill Doherty gets emotional when he recites a favorite quote from President Abraham Lincoln’s first inaugural address.
Catalyst // Truth springs from argument amongst friends. —David Hume, 18th C. Scottish empiricist and philosopher
Clinton Herald // Just as warmer weather brought hints of spring to the Clinton region this past weekend, so was there a dramatic thawing of the often icy relationships between Republicans and Democrats thanks to a series of workshops with the Better Angels organization.
Florida Today // Tired of hyper partisanship? Are you concerned when you hear political leaders or friends and neighbors refer to those who hold opposing political views as “the enemy” or “evil?”
Victoria Advocate // We urge everyone to practice civility now more than ever. We also challenge you to befriend others who don’t necessarily believe in what you do. You don’t know what relationships you’re missing out on if you immediately label others around you.
Daily Hampshire Gazette // A bipartisan group wants to bring people from both sides of the aisle together to better understand each other and reduce political polarization.
Andrew Wig // It sounds like the makings of a reality show, sans the secret alliances, immunity challenges and – crucially – the petty spats: Five liberals and five conservatives are picked to form a circle in an Edina living room. Their mission? Find something in common.
Bloom Magazine // On a Saturday morning in December, Republicans and Democrats came together in a Monroe County Public Library meeting room, hoping to learn to better communicate with one another.
The Berkshire Eagle // Is it possible to find civility in a time of strife? Robert Forman and Maureen Bateman are looking for a few good Reds and Blues in the Berkshires.
The Berkshire Edge // To the Editor: We are two residents of the Southern Berkshires, a Democratic Clinton voter and a Republican Trump voter.
Sun Current // We are a group of Edina parents who came together because we are concerned about polarization in our community about how our schools deal with political and social issues.
St. George News // I came away from this gathering with my principles intact and with a greater love for all of the individuals who made the time to be there. If you’re tired of trading insults online and looking for a way to make a difference, this may be well worth your while.
WUSF News // The idea of civility in politics has become almost a quaint idea in some circles. A nonpartisan group called Better Angels is advancing the notion that we can talk about our differences – respectfully.
The Walton Sun // Recently, more than a dozen local political activists from both sides of the spectrum — and some in between — gathered in Dune Allen to practice agreeing to disagree.
Albany Times Union // A group of 14 Capital Region people who came together for a day late last month to learn strategies for bridging the political divide were so inspired by the experience that they plan to spread the lessons further.
Essex New Daily // The day after the 2016 presidential election, South Orange resident Andy Roth woke up feeling disappointed in the way discussions about the ballot had gone in the country.
Boston Herald // Nothing spoils Thanksgiving dinner like family members throwing political daggers across the table at one another — a sour sport that pits Trump-cheering kin against Warren-rooting in-laws and ruins the holiday for everyone.
Greenville News // During the exact moment when worshipers at a synagogue in Pittsburgh were being gunned down, an evenly split group of ideologically polar opposites was sitting down in Clemson to begin trying to defuse the rancor that has come to define political discourse in 21st century America.
The Eagle // New student group holds open debates on policy issues
WCCO Middays // Professor Bill Doherty from the U of M joins Roshini Rajkumar in studio for two segments to discuss how we can regain our civility when it comes to politics and our daily discourse with each other.
The Local Live # 233 // In our Round Table, Maura Carlin speaks with Ken Freeman and Sara Silver, volunteer organizers for Better Angels, an organization that brings people together not to change their views, but to listen and to respect opposing points of view.
PrincetonInfo // What do you say, what do you do, a week from today if you wake up in the morning and discover that Trump still controls the Senate and the House of Representatives?
San Francisco Magazine // Better Angels is doing the saintly work of getting liberals and conservatives in the same room—and teaching them to play nice.
My Faith Radio // Dr. David Stevens discusses physician-assisted death, the cost of healthcare, and crowdfunding. Then, John Wood, Jr. and Rob Robertson talk about Better Angels and their work to create productive and humane conversations.
Greenfield Recorder // Although officially described as a workshop, a gathering of “blues” and “reds” on Saturday was also something of a retreat.
TimesUnion // During their pre-Halloween weekend, about a dozen area residents will do something that sounds genuinely scary: spend seven hours talking face to face with others who hold opposing political views.
Tredyffrin Patch // The Conestoga Young Democrats and Young Republicans sponsored an event aimed at reducing political polarization among the left and right.
Inside East Sacramento // Local alliance is determined to depolarize politics.