Renewing Democracy: Minnesota


In Minneapolis, two groups are tackling difficult conversations among polarized community members, through establishing intentional safe spaces rooted in ground rules and mutual trust. Living Room Conversations facilitates discussions on divisive topics like race relations in small groups, using guided questions and silent reflection. Better Angels convenes similar conversations in community workshops with a 50/50 Republican-Democrat makeup. According to a founder, after most workshops, "Most people have not changed their political beliefs, but they've changed their beliefs about the other side.

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