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Can We The People Talk to Each Other? A Better Angels Red / Blue Workshop

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Upper Arlington Public Library

2800 Tremont Road

Upper Arlington, OH 43221

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Description Please join us for a 3 hour workshop that brings together Republican-leaning and Democratic-leaning citizens

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Goals:

  • Understand the experiences and beliefs placed on each political side.
  • Find any areas of common ground in addition to our differences.
  • See if we can learn anything that might be helpful to our nation.

Who can come? Anyone interested in developing a deeper understanding of, and connection with, people whose political beliefs differ from their own. You should honestly be able to answer "yes" to the following question:

“Are you willing to listen to the other side, and are you willing to speak to the other side with respect?”

Logistics: There are two ways to join a Red/Blue Workshop: as a Participant or as an Observer/Alternate. Participants will engage in small- and large-group discussions throughout this structured workshop with individuals from both the same and different political persuasions. Participants must identify as “red” (Republican or leaning conservative) or “blue” (Democrat or leaning liberal). We will strive for an equal balance of red and blue participants: 5 to 7 people on each side.

Observers/Alternates: Will need to identify as red, blue or independent (not leaning either way). They will not participate in the discussions but will have the opportunity to watch and listen throughout the workshop. Observers/Alternates should be ready to step in and participate as their "color" in the event of a participant cancellation. Observer/Alternates have found observing a workshop to be amazingly valuable.

Sign-up: Everyone who signs up will receive a phone call and email from an organizer. Organizers may need to switch people between Participant and Observer/Alternate status depending on the attendance needs of the workshop.

Questions? Contact Beverly Horstman, Better Angels Ohio State Coordinator, horstman.bev@better-angels.org

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