Luke Nathan Phillips

Luke Nathan Phillips

Luke Nathan Phillips is Editor of The Conversation's opinion content. He is based in the Washington D.C. metro area.

Braver Angels Media- Writer’s Guidelines

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Welcome to Braver Angels Media, the opinion page of Braver Angels, where our writers explore themes of importance to our organization and community.

We publish standalone pieces and frequent symposiums about civil discourse, civil society bridge-building, bipartisan common ground, the divides between American reds and blues, the work of depolarization, American culture and heritage and principles, and the polarizing issues of the day. We ask only that all our writers practice and exhibit the Braver Angels Way:

State your views freely and fully, without fear.

Speak as an individual, without claiming to speak for others.

Engage your opponents’ best arguments, not (only) their weakest or most extreme.

Strive to disagree accurately with your opponents, avoiding exaggerated disagreement and recognizing common ground.

Welcome opportunities for respectful engagement with those who hold different views.

In the current polarized environment, we are particularly looking for pieces that demonstrate:

  1. Thinking introspectively, and calling out the excesses of one’s own side in any argument, admonishing one’s own allies to behave with the dignity required for good citizenship.
  2. Thinking creatively, and describing the ways in which the depolarization movement is adapting to unforeseen situations to advance the work of bringing Americans together.
  3. Thinking communally, and examining in the current environment what, if anything, Americans of diverse backgrounds and opinions have in common with each other.

There’s a broad range of styles these pieces can be, and we welcome them from every single corner, lean, middle, and tilt of the political spectrum in America. We strongly believe, and hope to demonstrate in our work, that thoughtful writing can help swell the chorus of the union and lead us to better understand ourselves, our neighbors, our work, our country, and its destiny.

Writers need only be interested in the work of Braver Angels to submit, and grassroots members of Braver Angels are especially encouraged to write. Essay submissions should be between 1200 and 3000 words, though we will consider publishing shorter pieces on personal experiences as dispatches. Please send submissions as word documents to our editor, Luke Nathan Phillips, at [email protected].

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