Make Talking Politics Great Again
Political dialogue in the United States is in a rough patch. Rising political polarization and partisan extremism, combined with increasingly hardened filter bubbles, means conversations outside your own bubble risk turning into a yelling match.
It doesn’t have to be this way--and if our Republic is to thrive in a prosperous future, it can’t continue. We at ReConsider want to help you have better political conversations, making Thanksgiving dinner more enjoyable and helping the country move forward together, one chat at a time.
If we want to have better political conversations, there are two steps:
- Improve how we think about politics
- Improve how we talk about politics
The following free guides will help you do just that!
Improving how we think about politics
ReConsider Principles: Train Your Brain
Politics tap into an unusual mixture of reason and emotion. We want to have the right answer, which requires a neutral interpretation of information and events. However, it is human nature to want to feel like we have the right answer, especially when the topic is something we care deeply about.
The ReConsider Principles will help train your brain, reacquaint it with the role emotions have in the decision making process. The goal is to think clearly, logically, and considerately about politics. The four principles are:
- Internal Skepticism
- Internal Detachment
- External Skepticism
- External Detachment
Get Started: The Introduction, and Internal Skepticism
Download the introduction and Internal Skepticism guide now to start training your brain!
Take the Next Step: The Other Principles
Ready for the other ReConsider Principles? Subscribe to get our articles and podcast in your inbox, where you’ll get to practice the principles as we talk through different tough political topics. But we won’t do the thinking for you.
Improving how we talk about politics
Discussion Strategies: Improve Your Political Conversations
Discussing politics effectively is not a “trick” or a simple technique. Doing it well requires a shift in mindset and attitude. It requires thinking of political conversations less as a sparring match and more as a blend of a learning experience and a sales call.
The ReConsider Discussion Strategies will help you turn potentially frustrating conversations into positive dialogue, with mutual learning and positive change. The three strategies are:
- Keeping Political Conversations Civil
- Learning in a Political Conversation
- Changing Someone’s Mind
Get Started: The Introduction, and Keeping Political Conversations Civil
Download the introduction and Keeping Political Conversations Civil guide now and start having better conversations now!
Take the Next Step: The Other Strategies
Ready for the other ReConsider Discussion Strategies? Subscribe to get our articles and podcast in your inbox, where you’ll get to dive deep into some of the pressing political issues of our time, and be better-equipped to encourage your next political conversation to be productive and respectful.