1:1 Conversations Across Differences
What is a 1:1 Conversation?
A novel way for different types of people to connect personally and as citizens who are concerned for their country. The process involves two structured 1-hour conversations between two people using an online platform.
If you’re thinking of participating in 1:1 conversations, just jump on into it! You’ll be glad for the experience!
–Deena Recker, conservative
I think of each conversation as a sturdy brick. A brick is a small thing, but thousands of bricks together–thousands of pairs of people talking to each other–can build a mighty bridge.
–Donna Murphy, liberal
The Four Types of Conversations
Connecting one conservative and one liberal/progressive
Connecting one rural or small-town dweller and one person from an urban or suburban area
Connecting one Black person and one White person
Conversation About Race
Connecting two people of different racial, ethnic or cultural groups
✓ More understanding of the experiences, feelings, and beliefs of the other person
✓ Discovering any areas of commonality
✓ Ideas for how to bridge differences for the sake of our communities and our country
- Emphasizes storytelling, listening, and learning rather than declaring or debating.
- Both people share and learn. Neither is teaching the other or giving feedback about how to think or say things differently.
- Participants take turns responding to a series of questions of increasing depth, with the other person listening without cross talk, and then sharing what they learned about the other’s views and experiences, and seeing if there is something in common.
- Ends with both people coming up with action ideas to make a difference.
- After the structured conversations are over, participants often decide to continue talking to each other in unstructured conversations. This allows them to dig deeper into issues, ask the other’s opinion about current events, and keep up with their partner’s health, pets, children and grandchildren.
Choose a Conversation Type
Listen to the Audio Introduction
It's About Relationships
Sign Up Info
If you are a Red seeking a Red/Blue conversation, a Black person seeking a Black/White conversation, or a Rural or Small-Town dweller seeking a Rural/Urban conversation, please sign up now. If you are someone who identifies with a particular racial, ethnic or cultural background (for example, Latino, Jewish, Armenian, Muslim, Asian or Native American) and can share both good and bad experiences related to being a member of that group during a Conversation About Race, please sign up now.
Please do not sign up by yourself if you are a Blue for a Red/Blue conversation, a White person for a Black/White conversation, or an Urban or Suburban dweller for a Rural/Urban conversation. Please do not sign up by yourself if you do not identify with a particular racial, ethnic or cultural background and who cannot share both good and bad experiences related to being someone with your background during a Conversation About Race. Why? Because right now we have a large backlog of people like you, and not enough people who are different than you to pair you with.
Instead, please find a partner on the other side from among your acquaintances or others. the Braver Angels journey. When you sign up, enter your partner’s name and email address where requested, and choose the specific 1:1 conversation you two have agreed upon (this helps us keep track of how many conversations are occurring).
Please note: We do not vet participants. We assume that those who sign up for these conversations do so in good faith. In the rare instance that someone we pair you with behaves in an utterly inappropriate manner, please let us know at [email protected] so that we do not pair them with anyone else.