Better Angels Brings Lower Merion Democrats and Republicans to the Table

By
The nonpartisan group Better Angels hosted a round table in Lower Merion to ensure Democrats and Republican finally listen to each other.(image via Philly.com)

Thanks to the nonpartisan group Better Angels, Lower Merion Republicans and Democrats got the chance to sit down and actually listen to each other, writes Ashley Best-Raiten for Philly.com.

The event in July was hailed as a key step in reconciling today’s polarizing political climate. It included 16 participants, half Democrat, half Republican, seated around a table. The audience consisted of around twenty people and members of Better Angels.

Once the event began, two concentric circles were created. The Democrats were seated in the outer ring while Republicans were the inner ring for the first half. The seating was then switched for the second part.


[uam_ad id=”54865″]


The rules were simple. When the inner ring was speaking the outer ring listened. Those seated in the outer ring were not allowed to respond, not even with a sigh or eye roll. Some found this hard, but also realized that not having to give an immediate response allowed them to actually listen.

And while some were disappointed that they were not able to sway anyone to their side, the overwhelming consensus was that they gained a better understanding of each other.

Read more about the Better Angels debate at Philly.com by clicking here.

[uam_ad id=”55912″]

Advertisement