Events

Featured Events

Depolarizing Within

SAT OCT 22, 2:00PM-5:00PM ET (Zoom)

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. Become more aware of your "inner polarizer.” Learn methods for disagreeing without contempt and ridicule.

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Skills for Social Media

On Demand

Social Media posts are often highly polarizing. In this 40-minute e-learning course, you'll learn how to improve the culture of posts and conversations in social media as a constructive alternative to the polarized and judgmental exchanges that dominate the current discourse. This can inspire more productive conversations and even lead to joint action with people of all political leanings.

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Newcomers & New Volunteers

2ND WEDNESDAYS (Zoom) from Sept to June

Learn about how citizens and elected officials from across the political spectrum are coming together to bridge the partisan divide, and how you can help too. Bring your questions and enthusiasm.

7:00PM ET — Part 1: For newcomers & new members interested in learning about Braver Angels and upcoming events. Feel free to stay for Part 2 also.

7:30PM ET — Part 2: For members interested in volunteering, locally or nationally. Feel free to attend Part 1 also to meet and greet newcomers.

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Core Skills Workshops

One of the most important efforts of Braver Angels is our Skills workshops, offered either in-person or via Zoom. For members,* each of the Core Skills workshops is also available as a self-paced eLearning Course, which can be taken alone or as preparation for the in-person or Zoom-based workshop.


*Membership is available for as little as $12/year).

94%

In surveys of those who've attended our Skills for Bridging the Divide workshop, 86% feel they can set a constructive tone when starting conversations with those of the other political side; 88% feel confident in expressing views so the other side can hear them; and 94% believe they can listen so those on the other side feel heard.

Depolarizing Within

SAT OCT 22, 2:00PM-5:00PM ET (Zoom)

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. Become more aware of your "inner polarizer.” Learn methods for disagreeing without contempt and ridicule.

Learn more

Register

Option (members only):
Take 40-minute e-course

Skills for Bridging the Divide

SAT DEC 3, 12:00PM-2:15PM ET (Zoom)

There's a lot of stress these days among family members and friends who are divided politically, and the current polarized public conversation doesn't help. Learn skills for respectful conversations that clarify differences, search for common ground, and affirm the importance of the relationship.

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Option (members only):
Take 40-minute e-course

Skills for Social Media


Social Media posts are often highly polarizing. In this skills workshop, learn how to improve the culture of posts and conversations in social media as a constructive alternative to the polarized and judgmental exchanges that dominate the current discourse. This can inspire more productive conversations and even lead to joint action with people of all political leanings.

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Option (open to all):
Take 40-minute e-course

Special Skills Workshops

Being Blue in a Red Environment

SAT OCT 1, 2:00PM-5:00PM ET (Zoom)

Intended for “blue” participants—learn safe and effective ways to communicate your liberal values and beliefs in environments where conservative ideas are assumed to be correct—and where liberal people may be seen as ignorant, misguided, or even immoral.

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Being Red in a Blue Environment

SAT OCT 8, 2:00PM-5:00PM ET (Zoom)

Intended for “red” participants—learn safe and effective ways to communicate your conservative values and beliefs in environments where liberal ideas are assumed to be correct—and where conservative people may be seen as ignorant, misguided, or even immoral.

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Depolarizing Conversations About Race & Public Policy

SAT OCT 29, 2:00PM-5:00PM ET (Zoom)

A skills workshop for difficult but necessary conversations between white Americans that seeks to improve the culture of conversations about race and provide a constructive alternative to the polarized and judgmental exchanges that dominate our current discourse. Learn skills for talking about race in an inquisitive, non-judgmental way.

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Families & Politics

SAT NOV 5, 2:00PM-5:00PM ET (Zoom)

Family relationships are becoming casualties of our toxic polarized environment: nasty political arguments, avoiding each other, even cutting off lifetime relationships. Learn strategies and skills for handling family political differences in a constructive way. Preserve important family bonds while staying true to your values.

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Facilitated Conversations

Red/Blue

The classic Red/Blue workshops bring together a small, evenly divided group of conservatives and liberals, or “reds” and “blues,” for a series of exercises designed to help participants clarify disagreements, reduce stereotyped thinking, and discover common values.

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Common Ground Single Issue Exchange

In the Common Group workshop, an evenly divided group of "reds" and "blues" takes a deep dive into a problem like climate change, electoral reform or abortion. Participants talk about their connection to the issue and their opinion on solutions. They conclude with jointly and unanimously held Points of Agreements on values, concerns and policies. A great follow-up to the Red/Blue workshop.

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Debates, 1:1's, & More...

Debates

If you haven’t attended a Braver Angels debate, get ready for a new experience. Our special parliamentary format encourages everyone to speak or ask questions, insures civility in disagreement, and strives for learning and better understanding for all. Unlike other workshops, debate participants are not associated with Red or Blue, but with Pro or Con.

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1:1 Conversations Across Difference

Following a structured conversation guide and process, two people on different sides of a divide (red/blue, generational, urban/rural, or race/ethnicity/culture) connect in two 1-hour conversations, emphasizing storytelling, listening, and learning rather than declaring or debating.

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College Debates


This civil debates program for college students includes intra-classroom, intra-college, inter-college, and national formats.

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Film Discussions


Participants watch a selected movie, then meet online with others who are similar to or different from them to discuss it.

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Corporate Offerings

Braver Angels provides customized workshops, 1:1 Conversations, keynote speakers, and retreats to foster respectful and skillful dialogue in the workplace.

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And More...

The full set of programs and events offered by Braver Angels and by our many local alliances can be found on the Braver Angels national website and events page.

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Recorded Events & Podcasts

Debate: “Resolved: America is a Racist Nation”


If you haven’t seen a Braver Angel debate, get ready for a new experience.


Our special parliamentary format encourages everyone to speak or ask questions, insures civility in disagreement, and strives for learning and better understanding for all. Unlike some of our workshops, these are not associated with Red and Blue, but Pro and Con.

On July 15th, Braver Angels sought an answer to one of the most charged and challenging questions facing our country today. Is racism embedded in our institutions, our culture, our American story? This debate brought a panel of passionate voices together for an honest conversation about the state of our nation’s values and systems.


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Podcast Episode: Can We Talk About Abortion?


The Braver Angels Podcast believes in the value of talking to people—and public figures—you disagree with, even if you find their views foolish, incomprehensible, or detestable.


We don’t shy away from sensitive issues or controversy, and we never ask people to moderate their views. But we do ask people to come in good faith and approach our conversations with empathy, respect, and an open mind. The goal is to show America a new way of talking politics—one that you won’t hear at campaign rallies or on cable news—and invite all Americans, regardless of political persuasion, to find the courage to have these difficult conversations.

In this special all-women roundtable edition of our podcast, two Red and two Blue Braver Angels leaders get passionate, personal, and curious about what led them to hold opposing views on one of the toughest political dilemmas in America: abortion.


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The Braver Angels YouTube Channel includes recordings of national debates, our documentary, video podcasts, the America's Public Forum series, special events, and more.

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