“Depolarizing Ourselves, A First Step toward Civil Engagement”

Doug Roof, Riverside’s moderator, as well as co-chair of the Braver Angels Columbia Gorge Alliance, will facilitate the workshop

The Depolarizing Ourselves Workshop is designed to help you lessen the effects of polarization when you encounter them in your political conversations. Note that by “polarization,” we are not referring to healthy disagreements over issues or philosophy. We are talking about how we regard and talk about large groups of ordinary people on the other side of our own politics as if they were enemies.

Braver Angels is a non-religious organization that develops educational tools to build bridges between people divided over politics. We also partner with religious and other groups who use our tools in the context of their own traditions.

Goals of this workshop include teaching participants:

  • How to be more aware of their own “inner polarizer”
  • How to interact without demonizing, dismissing, or stereotyping large swaths of the population

Braver Angels has created our Depolarizing Ourselves Workshop to help you reframe how you view the other side in the face of disagreements around politics. Successfully taming our inner polarizer starts with recognizing our tendencies around harmful generalizations about the other side. This requires acknowledging how we often attribute negative intent and motivations to the other side without first trying to understand them.

Advance registration for the July 23rd event is required. Questions? Reach out to Doug at droof@braverangels.org or 302-598-2741.

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