What is a Better Angels Organizer?
Better Angels Organizers come in two flavors: red organizers who lean conservative/Republican and blue organizers who lean liberal/Democratic. Working together, they begin the process of depolarizing our communities and, gradually, our nation, by offering community-based Red/Blue Workshops, Skills workshops, Debates and by leading Better Angels Alliances. Organizers are the key leaders who actually bring the two sides together.
Each Red/Blue Workshop and each Better Angels Alliance requires at least one red organizer and one blue organizer.
Note that an organizer is not responsible for facilitating the workshop itself; two trained Better Angels moderators facilitate the workshops. Better Angels state coordinators will connect you with volunteer moderators, or give you information on how to recruit moderators in your region if there are no moderators in your region.
What Does a Better Angels Organizer Do?
- Find a venue for the workshop.
- Recruit 10-50 participants. Their “color” doesn’t matter.
- Coordinate logistics, including registration and refreshments.
- Find an organizer of the opposite color to form an organizing team.
- As an organizing team, secure a venue for the workshop.
- Recruit 5-7 participants of your own political color for a Red/Blue Workshop. (An organizer may be a participant in the workshop.)
- As an organizing team, coordinate logistics for the workshop or secure a logistics coordinator. Logistics to consider include setting up the venue, providing name tags, registering people into the workshop, providing any food/snacks, and cleaning up the venue.
- Provide interested workshop participants with information on how to form a Better Angels Alliance—a group of local reds and blues who have attended a Better Angels workshop and want to keep the conversation going—or connect them to an existing local Alliance.
Better Angels Debate
- Find a venue.
- Select a resolution with a roughly even number of those in favor of and opposed to it.
- Recruit participants in favor of and opposed to the resolution. Find two participants in favor and two opposed who are willing to speak first, for four minutes each, to get the debate started.
Better Angels Alliance
- As a red and blue organizing team, recruit a roughly even number of reds and blues among people who have attended a Better Angels workshop or debate.
- Set an agenda and co-chair at least the first alliance meeting.
How does Better Angels support organizers?
- Monthly support calls and opportunities to connect with other Better Angels organizers across the country.
- A Workshop Resources page that includes materials for finding organizers of opposite political color, recruiting workshop participants, how-to-manuals, and video demonstrations of workshops.
- A Public Outreach page that provides templates for fliers, emails, speeches and online registration.
- Responses to questions on organizing workshops, including trouble shooting challenges you experience. This will be provided through contact with their state coordinator and through monthly support calls.
- Connections with Better Angels moderators, who facilitate the workshops.