Evan Meyer welcomes BraverAngels.org on this edition of Meyerside Chats. Interested in any of the civic topics below? Please tune in to Meyerside Chats on the Santa Monica Daily Press

Evan Meyer welcomes John Wood and Randy Lioz with BraverAngels.org on this edition of Meyerside Chats. Interested in any of the civic topics below? Please tune in to Meyerside Chats on the Santa Monica Daily Press.

BraverAngels.org is a nonprofit dedicated to political depolarization. The organization runs workshops, debates, and other events where “red” (conservative) and “blue” (liberal) participants attempt to better understand one another’s positions and discover their shared values. Its mission is to bring Americans together to bridge the partisan divide and strengthen our democratic republic.

Meyerside Chats seeks to eliminate the “us and them” narrative and toxic polarization by praising those who lead by example, virtuous community leadership, and authentic conversation.  The intent is to showcase the humanity in those that take on the often thankless jobs of public service through civil discourse, and honoring differing points of view.

Summary

-What is BraverAngels.org?

-Generalizing & grouping individuals based on a single belief. 8:00 

-The immense courage it takes to stand up for what is right. 11:00

-The immense effort it takes to get out of the algorithm & echo chamber to understand the full picture. 15:00

-Successful discourse between differing parties must be had in a context of trust. 20:00

-Extreme viewpoints tend to be the most vitriolic, but not representative of whole group 22:30

-The demographic disparity of civic involvement in local democracies 26:30

-The irony of understanding the extreme level of information bias, yet evoking staunch emotional beliefs when exposed to it. 31:10

-The “I’m right and you’re evil” precondition that prevents the trust required for healthy discourse. 36:00

-Taking the first step in trust building. 41:00

-Perfect justice is impossible. 42:30

49/51% win is not really a holistic win, it’s just beating the game. 43:00

-Understanding the difference between facts vs the interpretation of facts 49:30

-Paleolithic brains, medieval institutions and God-like technology 55:00

-Facebook’s anger button 57:00

-Making politicians “human” and rebuilding an ecosystem of trust, and genuine connection. 1:00:00