1:1 Conversations Across Differences
Once you have a partner, please choose an online platform with which you are comfortable.
Many people are comfortable with Zoom. The free, Basic Zoom plan allows conversations between two people that last an unlimited length of time; the 40-minute time limit kicks in with three people. Here is a step-by-step guide which includes how to pick your device, download Zoom, handle audio and video, invite your conversation partner, and view the 1:1 conversation guide on screen, or watch this short video to learn how to start a Zoom meeting, invite your partner to join, and arrange Windows to see the conversation guide on screen.
Other online platforms include Google Meet, FaceTime (if you both have Apple devices), or Skype. It’s far preferable that you see each other, so use a telephone only if other options don’t work. You two set the dates and times for both conversations.
Working With the Conversation Guides
It is mandatory to use the conversation guide for your particular 1:1 conversation. That’s what structures your conversation! You can view the conversation guide onscreen during your conversation when using Zoom. See the instructions in the Zoom step-by-step guide or watch this short video.
Or you can print out the conversation guide in advance (one guide contains both conversations) and use it with any platform by clicking on the appropriate link: 1:1 Red/Blue, 1:1 Conversation Across Generations; 1:1 Rural/Urban or 1:1 Conversation About Race, Ethnicity or Culture. Then click on File, Download as a Microsoft Word doc, and click on the file that appears in the bottom left-hand corner. Once the Word doc is open, click on File, then Print.
After Finishing Your 1:1 Conversation
Please complete this quick, confidential survey to share your feedback about your conversation.
Please fill out this short form to let us know you completed your two 1:1 conversations and, if applicable, share a few action ideas from your conversation. You can also provide a short testimonial about your 1:1 experience to encourage others to participate in one.
We dearly hope that you and your partner will continue to stay in touch with each other.
Spread the Word!
Tell your friends, relatives and acquaintances about Braver Angels 1:1 Conversations. Copy this template, revise it as desired, and email it to 5-10 others. We’re especially appreciative when you spread the word among conservatives, 18-30 year olds, non-White people, and rural/small town dwellers.
Want to Do it Again?
Some conservatives, non-White people, rural/small town dwellers, and 18-30 year olds can get positively evangelical about sharing their points of view. If this describes you, we encourage you to participate again in the same type of 1:1 conversation–you will be paired quickly. If you are liberal, White, an urban/suburban dweller, and are 31+ years old, we can pair you for up to a total of two conversations, each of a different type. Please go through the sign-up process again. We’re glad you love our 1:1 conversations–we do, too!–and we encourage you to go forth and find additional conversation partners on your own.
Donate to Support 1:1 Conversations
We rely on the generosity of our supporters to fund our work to bring Americans together. If you found your 1:1 conversation to be valuable, please donate here. These donations are specially marked to let us know you want us to devote more resources to 1:1 conversations. Our goal is to get thousands of people doing Braver Angels 1:1 conversations nationwide. Your donation is a vote that you agree! Every contribution is appreciated.
If you have a question about Braver Angels 1:1 conversations, please email us at [email protected].