What We do

We Bring Reds and Blues Together

To Find Common Ground

Why We Do What We Do

Better Angels takes a people first approach to depolarizing America. We believe that by bringing together Americans of all political leanings to understand one another, get beyond stereotypes, and find common ground, we can repair the country that we love.

Red/Blue Workshops

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:

1 Better understand the experiences and beliefs of those on the other side of the political divide
2 Find areas of commonality in addition to differences
3 Learn something that might be helpful to you and to others in your community and the nation
Better Angels Skills Workshop

Skills Training Workshops

Skills Training Workshops can be done with any size group and any mix of red (conservative) and blue (liberal/progressive) participants. Skills workshops do the following:

1 Provide you with the knowledge of what it takes to have constructive, non-polarizing conversations between people who disagree politically
2 Give you the chance to practice the skills to have these conversations
3 Motivate you to have these conversations with people in your social network

Better Angels Debates

A Better Angels Debate is a different kind of debate 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.

1 Encourages the passionate and energetic expression of ideas
2 Allows for the expression of nuance and ambiguity
3 Allows people to admit that they are not really sure which side they support when that’s the case

The Debate Program has begun its prototype phrase.

Better Angels debates

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Better Angels Alliances

Better Angels Alliances are local groups of people who have attended 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.  Here are some typical activities:

1 Sponsor workshops, skills training and debates in their local community
2 Have in-depth discussions about public policy issues
3 Socialize with each other through potluck dinners, movie nights, etc.

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