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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Expected Competencies

People who apply should have most of the following competencies already and be confident that all of them are within reach after further training.   

1)    Creating a welcoming atmosphere for often-nervous participants (you have to fill the room with a confident, spirited welcome)  

2)    Keeping close track of time (these workshops have tightly-timed components)  

3)    Explaining group exercises clearly and making sure everyone understands them (some of the exercises are complex at first hearing—you can’t be fuzzy)  

4)    Keeping to the focus of each activity when people veer off  (reminding participants of what the group is doing right now even when the new stuff is interesting)  

5)    Creating space for everyone to participate, making sure that certain individuals do not dominate (this can involve politely—and without apology or irritation—saying you want to make room for other voices)  

6)    Keeping personal political views out of the workshop by not expressing them directly or indirectly (this includes no signs of approval or disapproval of specific political statements by participants.)  

7)    Gently but firmly limiting someone who is over-talking during a timed exercise (example: people are given 30 seconds for introductions and you have to act when they get to 30 seconds and show no sign of winding down!)  

8)    Intervening quickly when a participant starts editorializing or retorting during an exercise that calls for simply sharing what they learned from listening to the other side.     

9)  When in a teaching role (as distinct from facilitator role), being able to communicate clearly while holding the attention of participants.

10) Managing your own emotional reactivity when someone expresses a viewpoint that seems ignorant or biased.  (We guarantee this will happen. Note: we are not talking about hate speech, which is a different category that has not come out in these workshops.)

Please tell us in 100-150 words why you’d like to join us in leading workshops in your community. *

Please attach a brief resume (no more than one page) that describes your background and experience in these areas.  Don’t fret about making this a formal resume (hey, you’re a volunteer), but give us some details about your experience. *

The workshops you would like to lead: *

Because we want to know how many moderators we are recruiting from each political side, please let us know whether you would describe yourself as *

If you are applying with another person from your campus, please note their name. If not you can put N/A. *

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