Better Angels Capital Region Alliance, NYS

Better Angels Capital Region Alliance, NYS Polarization is tearing America apart. Through workshops, debates, and trainings, Better Angels is bringing liberals and conservatives together.

We aim to reunite and de-polarize our nation. A whole list of workshops are available under "Events." Join us! Better Angels of America is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization. We are a local chapter of Better Angels of America.

We are forging ahead with our skills workshop on Mar11. We got 20 people signed up and all are fired up to learn about h...
03/09/2020
Better Angels "Blue" Skills Workshop

We are forging ahead with our skills workshop on Mar11. We got 20 people signed up and all are fired up to learn about how to communicate better with the other side, this time being conservatives. There is still room for a few more so don't forget to register for this awesome Better Angels event in Saratoga Springs, NY.
Yelling at the TV or avoiding conversations about politics won't work. This year being especially important for all of us progressive thinkers let's try to pick up a few tricks about constructive communication.
All are welcome!
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/better-angels-blue-skills-workshop-tickets-96763830221

Communicate more effectively with people you might not agree with

02/01/2020
James Comey on the Better Angels Podcast

What's your reaction when you hear the name James Comey? If you're a Democrat, maybe you blame him for the election of Donald Trump. If you're a Republican, maybe you see him as the embodiment of a sinister deep state. Or maybe you see him as a faithful public servant who's been unfairly maligned by both sides.

Either way, the former FBI Director has been at the center of some of the most polarizing moments in recent American history. James Comey joins Better Angels' Ciaran O'Connor and April Lawson to discuss his most controversial episodes — from investigating Hillary Clinton's emails to being fired by President Trump — and to reflect on some deeper questions around moral philosophy, ethical leadership, humility, overconfidence, and personal tragedy.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QZ2olEGd9TM

What's your reaction when you hear the name James Comey? If you're a Democrat, maybe you blame him for the election of Donald Trump. If you're a Republican, ...

01/23/2020

Thank you for your active participation at our Better Angels debate last night!

As we are getting ready to celebrate the end of the year and a decade let's celebrate closure and the new dawn of 2020. ...
12/30/2019
Better Angels Debate on CLIMATE CHANGE

As we are getting ready to celebrate the end of the year and a decade let's celebrate closure and the new dawn of 2020. Shall we decide to face Climate Change or rather "sweep it under the rug" as deniers do. Who should pay for it and how much would it cost anyways? Join us at our debate on Jan22 -- speak up and listen to what others have to say.
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/better-angels-debate-on-climate-change-tickets-87146843555

Better Angels Debate on CLIMATE CHANGE

12/17/2019

Debate is cancelled for tonight due to snowy conditions!! Sorry folks, we’ll reschedule

12/15/2019

This is exiting! As a result of the poll with your answers the resolution has been finalized for our Climate Change Debate in the Colonie Library on December 17, 2019, 6-7:30PM

Resolved: "The economic burden of fighting climate change should fall on the shoulders of corporations and the wealthy."

Come and share your opinion. Bring your best arguments and participate in this exchange of views with debate chair present. If you would like to be one of the first four speakers, reply to this and indicate whether you are for or against the resolution. The first four speakers will get an additional email with helpful information.

Feel free to invite others to the debate regardless of which side they may be on. Thank you and see you then!

The topic has been chosen for this debate by our responders and it is CLIMATE CHANGE. If you would like to participate i...
12/10/2019
Please help us choose a resolution for a Better Angels Debate at Colonie Library

The topic has been chosen for this debate by our responders and it is CLIMATE CHANGE. If you would like to participate in the debate, please help us pick a resolution within this topic by completing a Google Poll here. The purpose of the poll is to find a resolution that splits the participants equally between pro and con. If you would like to be one of the first 4-minute speeches, please answer affirmatively at the end of the poll. You can also access the poll by clicking the link below. Feel free to forward this email to anyone you think would be interested.

https://forms.gle/qzmdgsvCDT7XqtfCA

Anyone who responds to the poll will be advised of the resolutions via email by December 14th. Please address any questions to [email protected].
Whether you complete the poll or not, you are welcome to the debate.Bring your best arguments and see you at the Better Angels debate!

For a Better Angels Debate, we are seeking the resolution that most inspires passion while splitting the group evenly.

11/26/2019
Better Angels Capital Region Alliance, NYS

As we're sitting down to our Thanksgiving table full of expectations for a lovely meal with our family and friends, let's not forget that it can also bring along unwanted quarrels and clashes about politics. It doesn't have to be this way, though. We can arm ourselves with well proven techniques and skills to avoid uncle John and aunt Betty to jump at each others throats and therefore poison the atmosphere of this wonderful holiday. The Better Angels Skills workshops are now available online too at better-angels.org (for members only). Furthermore, the upcoming Better Angels Debates in NY's Capital Region and all over the country allows your voices heard in a respectful way now that the election season is warming up. Listen and speak so you will be heard without name-calling, hatred and disrespect to others. This is the Better Angels way!

https://www.facebook.com/pg/betterangelscapregion/events/?ref=page_internal

Happy Thanksgiving!!

Polarization is tearing America apart. Through workshops, debates, and trainings, Better Angels is bringing liberals and conservatives together. We aim to reunite and de-polarize our nation. A whole list of workshops are available under "Events." Join us!

Better Angels Debates are Coming to Schenectady (on the 5th) & Colonie (on the 17th) in December!If you would be interes...
11/22/2019
Please help us choose topics for Better Angels Debates in December

Better Angels Debates are Coming to Schenectady (on the 5th) & Colonie (on the 17th) in December!

If you would be interested in attending a Better Angels Debate, click on the link below to rank possible topics and your position each topic.

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfAvw6gnmGLtK0qVeMVU6r_CJlwyh2wCwnIjW-UOofKc6myww/viewform?usp=sf_link

Debates are planned for December 5th in Schenectady and December 17th in Colonie. Times, locations and topics will be announced after we get the results of the poll.

What is a Better Angels Debate?

You probably haven’t experienced anything like it! It’s a highly structured conversation in which a group of people think together, listen to one another, and are open to being touched and perhaps changed by each other’s ideas.

Goals:

(1) To engage in a process through which, together, we might get a little closer to the truth.

(2) To become more aware of the validity of differing views.

(3) To build tighter community relationships.

The Process:

We’ll use modified parliamentary procedures, which help to create an atmosphere of decorum and respect. We ask and expect participants to behave respectfully toward one another, whether they’re speakers, or have a question for the speaker, or are simply there to listen.

The Topic:

Help pick the topic to debate by completing a Google Poll to gauge general interest in a variety of topics. Click on the link below to complete the poll and show your interest in attending a debate.

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfAvw6gnmGLtK0qVeMVU6r_CJlwyh2wCwnIjW-UOofKc6myww/viewform?usp=sf_link

For two Better Angels Debates in December, we are seeking the topics that most inspires passion while splitting the group evenly. Completing this poll will show interest in attending one or both debates.

“What conservatives want to do is discuss or debate issues.”“Liberals want to sit in a circle and share,” according to D...
11/06/2019
How to Get Trump Voters and Liberals to Talk: Don’t Make Anyone Sit in a Circle

“What conservatives want to do is discuss or debate issues.”
“Liberals want to sit in a circle and share,” according to David Blankenhorn of Better Angels. In these carefully designed workshops we get Trump Voters and Liberals to Talk.

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/11/03/us/trump-voters-liberals.html?searchResultPosition=1

Classes, apps and message boards are trying to bridge the divide between the left and the right, one conversation at a time.

**** Listen up! ****DEVELOPMENT ASSOCIATE/GRANT WRITER NEEDEDAre you a writer with strong organizational skills and a de...
11/04/2019
Better Angels Development Associate Application

**** Listen up! ****
DEVELOPMENT ASSOCIATE/GRANT WRITER NEEDED
Are you a writer with strong organizational skills and a desire to support the Better Angels mission by researching foundation grants and writing proposals?
Can you donate four to eight hours a week?
Learn more about the position and tell us about your skills, interest in Better Angels, and availability by clicking here. https://www.cognitoforms.com/BetterAngels1/BetterAngelsDevelopmentAssociateApplication

"As impeachment proceeds and tribal anger inevitably builds we might want to listen to the message being voiced by Bruce...
09/26/2019
Churchill: Trying to hear our 'Better Angels'

"As impeachment proceeds and tribal anger inevitably builds we might want to listen to the message being voiced by Bruce France and Eva Galvin (of Better-Angels.org)" Chris Churchill writes in the Times Union, Albany, NY on 9/26/2019. https://www.timesunion.com/7dayarchive/article/Churchill-Trying-to-hear-our-Better-Angels-14467880.php#photo-18308451

This could get ugly. Really ugly. The impeachment inquiry announced Tuesday by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi threatens to throw gasoline on the raging inferno of partisanship. Red versus blue. MAGA-hats versus the #Resistance. This isn't an argument against the inquiry. I happen to think the transcript...

Talking about politics is hard. Especially with people who differ from you politically. Without the right skills and app...
08/22/2019
Better Angels

Talking about politics is hard. Especially with people who differ from you politically. Without the right skills and approach, it can leave us feeling MORE polarized than when we went in to the conversation.
But Better Angels has got you covered. We've developed proven skills for talking across the divide in a way that is constructive vs. conflictual, empathetic vs. vitriolic, and allows you to make your voice heard and understand other perspectives without having to abandon your values and political beliefs.
And, now, we are pleased to announce that Better Angels Skills Training is Online!
We've got videos, graphics, tangible tutorials, and separate sections for reds and blues so you can learn specific skills for talking to your political other. The trainings were developed by Bill Doherty, the lead architect of our workshops, and the online format is beautifully designed, we have to say!
This training is only available to members. If you're a member, simply login to complete the online workshop.
If you're not a member, here's another reason to Join Better Angels -- particularly as the 2020 campaign season intensifies. Membership dues are just $1 per month, though many of our members generously choose to give more to support our grassroots work.
Thanks so much. Please feel free to respond right here. Learn more about the depolarizing efforts of Better Angels of America at https://www.better-angels.org

Better Angels is a citizens’ organization uniting red and blue Americans in a working alliance to depolarize America

07/11/2019
EventKeeper : EK Form

Politics is not a spectator sport! Chiming in from the sidelines is not going to result in any measurable change. Become part of local and national debates by attending a Better Angels Debate and other workshops when your voice will be heard. Complete our Google Poll to see what resolution you feel strongly about and then let's start the debate! Oct23 6PM at the Schenectady County Public Library, NY.
Register here: http://www.eventkeeper.com/code/ekform.cfm?curOrg=SCNY&curID=396391

Event List

In our deeply divided America we hardly even see our relatives, neighbors and friends we disagree with politically as hu...
06/22/2019
Home - Better Angels Depolarize America

In our deeply divided America we hardly even see our relatives, neighbors and friends we disagree with politically as human beings. We tend to view them as enemies, misguided lost individuals who deserve nothing but hatred and isolation. Break out of your bubble, start a conversation not a fight. Join Better Angels of America today!
https://www.better-angels.org/

Better Angels is a citizens’ organization uniting red and blue Americans in a working alliance to depolarize America

06/20/2019
Better Angels Debates

Announcing a new event: Better Angels Style Debate. You gotta see this to believe it! We got one scheduled for Oct23, Wed, at the Schenectady County Public Library at 6PM. Bring your best arguments!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1oAcN2HzSCA#action=share

A Better Angels Debate is a highly structured conversation in which a group of people think together, listen carefully to one another, and allow themselves t...

The Post-Star in Glens Falls have been giving Better Angels some great coverage thanks to their editor, Ken Tingley.  Re...
05/29/2019
'Better Angels' group to meet for bipartisan training

The Post-Star in Glens Falls have been giving Better Angels some great coverage thanks to their editor, Ken Tingley. Read today's article.

GLENS FALLS — People who want to listen to their better angels and learn about the other side’s political viewpoint are invited to come to one of two upcoming information

Happy Memorial Day! As we remember all who serve our country on the battlefield abroad maybe we should also who are figh...
05/26/2019
Event Registration

Happy Memorial Day! As we remember all who serve our country on the battlefield abroad maybe we should also who are fighting our domestic demons: polarization, partisanship and disrespect in al levels. Better Angels among a few other national movements have been putting on workshops to bring together conservatives and liberals, Red and Blue Americans closer together. In the Albany, NY area our June1 Red/Blue workshop is our effort to bridge the divide one neighborhood at a time. Sign up here: https://bit.ly/2Ztx9Z2

Sick of polarized politics? Do you feel like division is tearing us apart? Start to make a change in your own neighborho...
05/08/2019
Event Registration

Sick of polarized politics? Do you feel like division is tearing us apart? Start to make a change in your own neighborhood. The Better Angels Red/Blue Workshops bring together 7 Republican or conservative-leaning citizens and 7 Democratic or liberal-leaning citizens for a day of structured conversations. Participate: on June1 at the Guilderland Public Library.
http://guilpl.evanced.info/eventsignup.asp?ID=25374&rts=&disptype=&ret=eventcalendar.asp&pointer=&returnToSearch=&num=0&ad=&dt=mo&mo=6/1/2019&df=calendar&EventType=ALL&Lib=0&AgeGroup=&LangType=0&WindowMode=&noheader=&lad=&pub=1&nopub=&page=&pgdisp=

Sean Buff is a student at Siena College and he attended a skills workshop led by Better Angels Capital Region NYS Allian...
04/05/2019
Civil Discourse 101 – The Promethean

Sean Buff is a student at Siena College and he attended a skills workshop led by Better Angels Capital Region NYS Alliance. Sean is a reporter for The Promethean and wrote this article about the workshop. https://promethean.siena.edu/2019/03/29/civil-discourse-101/

We have all heard the term “civil discourse.” Many of us know its meaning, which is having a discussion in a respectful manner, even if you disagree with the person you are speaking with. On paper, practicing civil discourse seems easy. However, it is not as easy as it may seem. In today’s pol...

"Change Your Life, Change Your Country" is the motto of our national convention at Better Angels for June20-23 in St. Lo...
03/31/2019
Convention - Better Angels

"Change Your Life, Change Your Country" is the motto of our national convention at Better Angels for June20-23 in St. Louis. Connect with fellow Angels, shape new policies in our organization and become part of the change. Reconnect the Left and the Right! https://www.better-angels.org/convention/

June 20-23, 2019 in St. Louis MO Better Angels National Convention Change Your Life, Change Your Country Attendees at our 2018 Founding National Convention said it was life changing. They met people from many different political viewpoints who were open, hopeful and passionate about depolarizing Ame...

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Better Angels is a national citizens' movement to reduce political polarization in the United States by bringing liberals and conservatives together to understand each other beyond stereotypes, forming red/blue community alliances, teaching practical skills for communicating across political differences, and making a strong public argument for depolarization. A bipartisan movement about American culture and politics that is empowering a new generation of thinkers to transcend the limits of left and right.

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Abraham Lincoln used this expression in his first inaugural address in 1861 when he wrote:

“We are not enemies, but friends. We must not be enemies. Though passion may have strained, it must not break our bonds of affection. The mystic chords of memory will swell when again touched, as surely they will be, by the better angels of our nature.”

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Just sharing the news - we have launched Better Angels CNY & Southern Hills Interest Group, and we have several events scheduled already! I hope that you don't mind, but I used your page as a model for ours! We are excited to get things going to your west! Here's our "plan": - February - 2 Documentary Screenings in Tully, NY (event links on our page) - March - One additional documentary screening in Lafayette, and Two 3 hour workshops in Tully and/or Lafayette. - April - 2 or more Better Angels debates on topics related to Earth Day. We are hoping to sponsor one of these with Citizens' Climate Lobby - Syracuse Chapter. I've also got an e-mail list going for all who are not big FB users. Please respond if you would like to be added to our e-mail list. More to come!
This effort seems most worthwhile, not least because it occurs in the Capital District at this moment. I wish it well. Allow me one question: Is this exercise one for which the objective is finding "consensus"?
Get to know us, learn more about BETTER ANGELS right here in the capitol region of New York State, at the Guilderland Public Library. Nov29 7-8:30 PM -- see you there!!