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An Improbable Dinner

I had brought my family of five, longtime residents of deep-blue Brooklyn, NY, to meet a new friend and his family, longtime residents of solidly-red Simpsonville, SC. We only knew each other through video chats and phone calls, as if we had met through an online service for taboo political friending. Not too far from the truth. 

‘A faith restoring example’

Following their debate at Denison University in Ohio, students agreed that something profound took place and that the experience had changed them. “I’m asking myself how I can carry this forward to other students,” one student said, “and even more, I’m wondering how we can expand and bring it to a multiplicity of campuses.”

Remembering a true Braver Angel

On April 3, Braver Angels and the world lost one of our best leaders. When we lost David Iwinski — a thinker, a bridge builder, and a believer in America — I and many members of our community also lost a beloved friend.

Three Approaches to Conflict

Probably the most important question about social conflict, then, is not whether it exists (it does), or whether we can eliminate it (we can’t), or even whether we should try to eliminate it (we shouldn’t). The real question is how we should approach it.

Are you a part of the 32 percent?

I think it’s safe to say most of us have been involved in heated political discussions with family or friends, whether we initiated them or not. But what flipped the switch from polite family discussions about whose turn is it to go pick up groceries to tense discussions about politics?

Does our approach at Braver Angels work?

This past week we released our 2020-2021 evaluation, Depolarizing During the Pandemic, which uses rigorous evaluation data to measure the impact of Braver Angels programs on Americans’ attitudes toward politics, and toward one another.

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