We’re grateful for your interest in leading Better Angels workshops. Once you are trained, you can moderate workshops at your campus as well as others sponsored by local Better Angels alliances that are starting around the country and by partner organizations we are bringing on board.

Better Angels offers two kinds of workshops. The red/blue workshop is for groups of about 14 people, half leaning Republican and half leaning Democrat. The goals are move past stereotypes, create mutual understanding, recognize common ground, and encourage future collaboration in local Better Angels Alliances. These workshops are either about three hours or six hours in length. The process is highly structured to permit listening and learning rather than speech making and debate. The moderation requires traditional facilitation skills and some special ones.

The Better Angels skills workshop is a 2.5-hour educational experience for groups from 8-50 who learn ways to communicate in one-to-one relationships with others who differ with them politically. It requires strong teaching skills and the ability to manage skills practice exercises.

The main trainer for this moderator workshop will be Bill Doherty, a long-time family therapist and group process leader from the University of Minnesota, who has been the main designer of the Better Angels workshops.  We will start out with in-person training and at some point also offer them online.

Better Angels is offering free training for leading these workshops and expects them to be offered free to community participants.  We understand that participants might be asked to cover incidental expenses such as refreshments.

There is one application even though there are two different kinds of workshops you might be interesting in leading and feel qualified for.

There will be a fee of $15 per person to cover food and beverages; if that is a barrier (or if you have other questions about this opportunity), please contact Julie Plaut at julie@mncampuscompact.org or 612-436-2081.

Moderator training: February 2, 2018, 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., Augsburg University, Minneapolis

Notification: Most applicants will know whether they were accepted for the training within three days of their submitting the application. All applicants will be notified by January 20, 2018. There is one application even though there are two different kinds of workshops you might be interesting in leading and feel qualified for. The training will prepare participants to do both workshops.
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