Common Ground- Addressing Zoning/Land Use disagreements (VT Charlotte Lib)

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Common Ground- Addressing Zoning/Land Use disagreements (VT Charlotte Lib)

Equal numbers of constituents on either side of an issue engage the topic to find joint, and unanimously held Points of Agreements.

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Sunday, March 19 · 1:30 - 5:30pm EDT


Charlotte Library 115 Ferry Road Charlotte, VT 05445

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About this event

Note: This event is to be attended in person.

Join us for an in-person Common Ground Workshop on addressing contentious Zoning/Land Use issues around Charlotte, VT.

The Braver Angels Common Ground Workshop brings together equal numbers of participants on either side of an issue (4-8 of each) - for a deep dive into a problem, such as addressing climate change, electoral reform or abortion. Together participants talk about their connection to the issue and their opinion on solutions. By the end of the 5 hour event they have come up with jointly and unanimously held Points of Agreements on values, concerns and policies.

The Common Ground workshop is an out-growth of Braver Angels signature Red-Blue workshop and allows participants to delve deeper into a single issue. Points of Agreement can be fleshed out at future group meetings, and when possible lead to joint actions such as op-eds, joint speaking and meetings with legislators.


  • To delve into a single issue where citizens differ, and learn how each other sees the problem
  • To delineate areas of common ground and points of agreement
  • To learn something that might be helpful to others in our community and the nation.


There are two ways to join a Common Ground Workshop:

  • Participant: A participant will engage in small- and large-group discussions with individuals of both the same and different political persuasions. Participants must identify as being firmly on one side of the issue or another: 4 to 8 people on each side.
  • Observer/Alternate: An observer/alternate will not participate in the discussions directly but will have the opportunity to watch and listen. Observers/Alternates should be ready to step in and participate as a replacement (for their side) in the event of participant cancellations.

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?”

Everyone who signs up will receive a phone call or email from an organizer. Organizers reserve the right to switch people between Participant and Observer/Alternate status depending on the needs of the workshop.

Questions? Contact Lincoln Earle-Centers at

This workshop is a free event brought to you by Braver Angels as part of our mission to depolarize America. Braver Angels is a 501(c)(3) non-profit. We invite you to consider a gift to Braver Angels; all donations are tax deductible. Your support will allow us to offer more workshops and debates with the ultimate goal of uniting America.


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