What We do

We Bring Reds and Blues Together

To Talk, Listen, and Understand

Who We Are

Launched in 2016, Better Angels is a national citizens’ movement to bring liberals and conservatives together at the grassroots level — not to find centrist compromise, but to find one another as citizens. Through workshops, debates, and campus engagement, Better Angels helps Americans understand each other beyond stereotypes, form community alliances, and reduce the vitriol that poisons our civic culture.

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

**If you’re a Member, join us for an online Debate Nov. 7, 8-10 pm ET. The resolution:  U.S. public colleges should be tuition-free. Sign up to speak in favor or opposed to the resolution here.**  

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
Better Angels debates

Depolarizing Within Workshops

Much of today’s polarization is driven by how we talk with like-minded people about those on the other side.  Too often, we stereotype, dismiss, or ridicule our fellow citizens who support the other political party, its leaders, and its policies. This workshop teaches participants:

1 How to be more aware of their own "inner polarizer"
2 How to be critical without demonizing, dismissing, or stereotyping large swaths of the population
3 Strategies for intervening constructively in social conversations with like-minded peers when these conversations veer into contempt and ridicule for people who hold other political views

Become A Better Angel

Better Angels Alliance

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.