Workshop teaches people how talk with others who have different political beliefs

LA CROSSE, Wis. (WKBT) – The elections are on the minds of many and people have a lot of differing opinions.

That can lead to some big disagreements.

A local workshop is teaching people how to have open conversations even if they don’t agree on political views.

Great Rivers United Way hosted a civil discourse workshop called “Depolarizing Within” on Sunday.

It was led by facilitators from the Better Angels Organization.

The goal is to help people be more aware when they’re polarizing others based on political beliefs, so the community can focus on other issues at hand.

“The issues that are facing our community are so important that we can’t afford to be divided over political parties. We need to put aside the party issues and say, what’s the real issue, how can we come together, and we’ll never totally agree, but how can we at least improve what we have going on,” said Julie Nelson, Community Engagement Coordinator, Great Rivers United Way.

Another workshop will take place on March 10th.

It’s being held at Western Technical College and it’s free of charge

To learn more or register, click here.