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Virtual Forum on A House Divided

June 10, 2020 @ 3:00 am - 5:00 am

Join us for our virtual forum on A House Divided: what would we have to give up to get the political system we want? 

Every American is affected by the divisions and outrage that prevent us from making progress on urgent problems. We are finding it harder and harder to even talk with one another, and it is damaging in many ways. During this forum, we will help participants deliberate together about how we should approach this long-term challenge.

We recognize there are no easy answers to the problem. Should we require more accurate, respectful discussion in the media and online, or would that stifle free speech? Should we reform politics and government to encourage compromise, or will that mean giving up on the changes we really need and want? Should local communities set policies in areas like health care and the environment, or would that risk the progress we’ve made and make further progress nearly impossible? Should we crack down on money in politics, or will people just find new ways to evade the rules?

Our part of the solution to these divisions is to bring people together from diverse backgrounds to listen and learn from one another. During this event, we’ll present three options for deliberation about difficult problems. Each option offers advantages as well as risks. And each reflects different ways of understanding what is at stake, forcing us to think about what matters most to us.

At the close of the forum, you can expect to have learned more about the pros and cons of the options from different viewpoints. We also hope that you will make personal connections with other participants and that some participants will use practices from the forum to host similar conversations in their own circles.

Click to register for June 10 online forum from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. PST

This conversation is part of SAGE’s ongoing Citizen Project to foster conversations across political and generational divides. We are grateful to the National Issues Forums Institute for publishing A House Divided Guide, which we will use as a framework for this event.


June 10, 2020
3:00 am - 5:00 am
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Steve Higgs