What is a Braver Angels Moderator?
Braver Angels moderators lead the red/blue and other workshops in their communities and online. Listen below to lead workshop designer Bill Doherty’s overview of what a Braver Angels moderator does, our workshops, and the qualifications for a moderator.
Check out this brief audio introduction to the Moderator Application Process
By: Bill Doherty
What are the Qualifications for Becoming a Moderator?
There are FOUR qualifications for being a Braver Angels Moderator:
- Membership.You must be a Braver Angels member. To join Braver Angels, CLICK HERE.
- Group facilitation experience. This means that you are comfortable with group process, and that you are able to create a supportive environment while also enforcing ground rules and upholding the structure of the workshop.
It’s not enough if your working with groups is as a manager of work teams. In Workshops, you have no authority over the people that attend and you can’t “manage” them.
Work as a therapist is also not sufficient. The skills in a client relationship with an individual, a couple or a family are not the same as group facilitation experience. Some therapists have experience in group therapy, which may qualify.
- Emotional readiness for this work. This work is about de-polarization, and that can be very emotional. We need people who have respect for the other side, and who won’t respond to getting their buttons pushed by someone of a different political persuasion.
In the moderator role, you must be neutral and you have to create a space where everyone feels respected, where everyone in the room says that the moderator wasn’t emotionally reactive to either side or wasn’t trying to “correct” either side. You cannot see the other side as deplorable or ignorant or deserving of pity. You would have trouble doing this work if your goal is to “enlighten” the other side.
In short, you cannot be emotionally triggered by people who have political views that are very different from your own.
- Workshop Attendance. Because we want you to have a feel for Braver Angels workshops before you become a moderator, it is necessary that you participate in a workshop before submitting your application. The workshop can be local or national, online or in-person. Any of our workshops (not debates) would qualify. To sign up to attend a Braver Angels Workshop, CLICK HERE.
How do I become a Braver Angels Moderator?
There are four steps to becoming a Braver Angels moderator:
- Fill out the application form. In the application form, speak to your group facilitation experience and provide a short resume that speaks to that experience. Don’t give us your standard resume or CV.
- Once you are accepted, you will be given access our Moderator Training Website and complete a number of training activities (reading materials, watching videos, attending a workshop) which will likely take between 10-15 hours to complete.
- You will then attend a Moderator Orientation Call where you will have the opportunity to speak with Bill Doherty and fellow moderators in training about moderator expectations.
- You may then choose to go through a Qualification Session to qualify as an On land Moderator (delivering in person workshops only) or you can complete about 2 hours of additional training and go through a Qualification Session to qualify as an Online and On Land Moderator (delivering workshops in person and online).
There is no charge for the training. We also expect people to do the workshop without charging.
Once you’re accepted, you’ll become a part of the Braver Angels moderator community. This is a very supportive and interactive community who have regular calls and a private forum for moderators.
Many moderators report that the experience of being a moderator has been transformative and among the most rewarding experiences of their professional life.
Please note: You must be a Braver Angels member and you must have participated in a workshop to apply as a moderator. To become a member, please JOIN HERE.