Skills for Social Media
Braver Angels Skills for Social Media
Social Media posts are often highly polarizing. Braver Angels Skills for Social Media is a new workshop designed to improve the culture of posts and conversations in social media and provide a constructive alternative to the polarized and judgmental exchanges that dominate the current discourse. This can lead to more productive conversations and maybe joint action with people of all political leanings.
An online workshop (an ecourse of approximately 30 minutes duration) teaching Braver Angel Skills on social media. The focus is on skills for people who choose to engage about politics on social media, not on the societal impact of social media. A follow up workshop to further practice the skills interactively will be available by early 2022.
Goals for Participants:
You will have the knowledge and skills to avoid contributing to polarization in your social media use.
You will have strategies for getting out of difficult situations on social media.
You will have tools for using social media to depolarize yourself and engage more constructively across differences.
“Social media can get ugly. This course helps me stand for what I believe in without pushing others down or invalidating their experiences.”
– Christopher, 24
“Maybe there’s hope for me. There are good, common-sense strategies available for productive engagement, even on social media. Now I just need the courage to try! The most impactful point (which should have been obvious, but hadn’t been before this course) was one of the final admonitions — “Don’t share negative emotional responses on social media — pick up the phone or meet face to face.” That takes courage, all right, but it makes so much sense!”
– Merietta, 68
“Asking myself “how do I want to show up?” makes me take a giant pause. It’s too easy to shoot from the hip, snappy comeback, or partisan rhetoric; it might make me feel better in the moment, but the long-term effects are disheartening. I lean blue and husband leans red and your organization has given us the space to have constructive conversations on timely topics. It also helps watching other blue/red couples and how they navigate disagreements.”
– Lisa, 54
“Take this show on the road and get as much exposure for it as possible. We need everyone on social media to see this.”
– Linda Legge, 58