News coverage of Better Angels

Better Angels in Philadelphia

The Philadelphia Citizen // Like so many (especially) left-leaning Americans, Madelena Rizzo spent the weeks after the 2016 Presidential election disheartened by what was happening in her country.

David Brooks: “Better Angels is aiming to build a group of people whose personal bonds with their fellow citizens redefine how they engage in the political system.”

New York Times // This has been an emotional week. We greet tragedies like the school shooting in Florida with shock, sadness, mourning and grief that turns into indignation and rage. The anger inevitably gets directed at the N.R.A., those who support gun rights, and the politicians who refuse to do anything while children die.

Donald Trump divides and inspires

CBC/Radio-Canada // A year after the 45th President of the United States came to power, the Americans are mobilized: some to defend his ideas and others to oppose it. Portraits of 8 Americans whose life has been turned upside down.

United States has never been so unified

Nieuwsuur // It is an election campaign with an intensity that you normally only see in presidential elections. US President Donald Trump travels all over the country for his now famous campaign meetings. He himself is not on the ballot, but the interim elections in the United States are more than ever about the president.

The “better angels” by David Blankenhorn

Neue Zürcher Zeitung // The sociologist David Blankenhorn, a staunch opponent of Trump, founded the organization “Better Angels” after Trump’s election victory. The aim of the workshops offered there is a more understanding relationship between politically different thinkers.

Taking to the Road for One America

On Being// Something unusual happened two weeks ago in Waynesville, Ohio, at the conclusion of our most recent Better Angels weekend-long gathering. by David Blankenhorn The 15 area residents who had participated — seven conservative-leaning and pro-Trump and eight liberal-leaning and anti-Trump — said in a joint public statement: “We found that we are less …

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Finding Common Ground in Ohio

YouTube// Better Angels set out to southwestern Ohio to bring local Democrats and Republicans together for a weekend of discussion—and music—in the wake of the 2016 Election. This is their story. with Peter Yarrow, Better Angels Watch Full You Tube Here

Everyone Knows They’re Being Judged with David Lapp

Better Angels’ lead organizer David Lapp talks about depolarization in action as seen through his experiences with the organization he is with, Better Angels, which facilitates candid conversations between voters from the left and the right. by Dan Koch Listen to Full Podcast Here

It’s Time for Rochester to Lead from the Bottom Up

Rochester Business Journal // David Blankenhorn of the Institute for American Values asserts, “We Americans didn’t necessarily think our way into political polarization, but we’ll likely have to think our way out.” by John Calia When I tell people I moved to Rochester from Florida, the responses range from a quizzical stare to a blunt …

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Appealing to Our Better Angels

Philanthropy Daily // David Blankenhorn has set up a “new bipartisan network of leaders and organizations committed to reducing polarization” that he’s calling Better Angels. Run through the Institute for American Values-which has eschewed partisan labels since 1988-Better Angels has a few things going for it. by Travis LaCouter The anti-polarization movement in American politics …

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