What is a Red/Blue Workshop?
An equal number (5-8) of conservative-leaning citizens (“Reds”) and liberal-leaning citizens (“Blues”), and up to 40 observers, gather together for a half-day of moderated activities and structured discussions designed to reduce stereotyped thinking, clarify disagreements, build relationships and find common ground through listening and learning rather than declaring and debating.
Two moderators, trained by Braver Angels, lead the workshop, ensuring that ground rules are followed and that everyone is treated respectfully.
Who can attend?
Anyone interested in developing a deeper understanding of, and connection with, people whose political beliefs differ from their own is welcome. There are two ways to join a Red/Blue Workshop: as a Participant or an Observer.
- Participants engage in group discussions with individuals of both the same and different political persuasions. We strive for an equal balance of participants, with 5 to 8 people in each group.
- Observers may watch and listen, but do not participate in the discussions.
- To better understand the experiences and beliefs of those on the other side of the political divide.
- To see if there are areas of commonality in addition to differences.
- To learn something that might be helpful to others in our community and the nation.