Posted by Ed Marek on May 15, 2019
 
Rotarians are busy people. So, in the event you haven’t read the May issue of The Rotarian you may want to check out the article, Putting Civility back into Civil Discourse. Here is the link.  
 
The article showcases the organization Better Angels which was founded after the 2016 elections with a goal of depolarizing America and how Rotarians in Washington state and Minnesota are partnering with those efforts.
 
The District Ethics Team hosted three simultaneous trainings with Better Angels last October and trained 100 Rotarians in skills to have conversations with people that hold opposing views.
The hope is to inspire Rotary clubs to convene trainings in their communities to bring people together to learn to respect and consider differences of opinion rather than just dismissing the other side.
 
There have been concerns raised about this process being “too political”.  Better Angels is now offering a new training called “Depolarizing Within: Becoming a Better Angel in Your Own World” which doesn’t require you to self identify as a “Red” or a “Blue”.  This new training is being rolled out now.  Hats off to the Owatonna Noon and the Rochester clubs for bringing these trainings to their communities.
 
Pat DeVries, the Minnesota State Coordinator for Better Angels, shared at the Rochester event that she had received 4 training inquiries from Rotary clubs across the state due to The Rotarian article.
 
Kudos to Kim Cobb, Ethics Team Lead, and the District Ethics Team for pioneering this new tool to promote the Four Way Test in their communities.  For more information, contact the Ethics Team at rotary5960ethics@gmail.com.