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Owatonna Business Women Monthly Meeting: How to Talk Across the Political Divide, Kim Martinson from Better Angels, MN

  • Tuesday, July 16, 2019
  • 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
  • Owatonna Country Club

It all started in 2016, after the Presidential Election. A group of 10 Trump supporters and 11 Clinton supporters gathered in South Lebanon, Ohio, in what became the first “Better Angels Red/Blue Workshop”. The goal? To see if we could respectfully disagree and find any common ground. The results were remarkable, and the workshops spread. “Better Angels” was born.

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.

They unite red and blue Americans in a working alliance to Depolarize America. Instead of asking people to change their minds about key issues, they give all Americans a chance to better understand each other, to absorb the values and experiences that inform our political philosophies, and to ultimately recognize our common humanity.

Kim is a co-moderator of Better Angel workshops. She is also a co-leader of the Eagan Alliance, a group of Better Angels who meet monthly to discuss and find common ground around important political themes. Kim will discuss specific communication skills that folks can use in difficult situations. Such skills include listening to understand, speaking your truth, and managing difficult situations. The goal is to help us learn how to talk across the political divide.


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