Disagree Better

Inspiration and Action

Americans are deeply concerned and exhausted by the hyperpartisanship and polarization in our country, and rightly so. We’ve forgotten how to persuade without hating each other. But our nation’s history shows there’s a better way, and we all need to re-learn how to Disagree Better.

Help America #DisagreeBetter

We all have a role to play in overcoming toxic polarization. While a big part of the Disagree Better initiative focuses on Governors working together toward a more positive way of solving our national challenges, you don’t have to be an elected official to make a difference in our political culture. We’re inviting other members of the “exhausted majority” – of all ages – to join us.

If you’re not sure how to participate, take a look at the ideas below. Drawing on a variety of resources, these action items comprise a toolkit that anyone can use to get started. A number of national organizations are tackling toxic polarization in a thoughtful way — fanning out in campuses and communities to engage Americans in constructive dialogue and service projects. You’ll find those opportunities and more below. From home to school to work to leisure time, we have strategies for every setting. There are plenty of ways to get involved and do your part to help America Disagree Better.

#DisagreeBetter At Home

Toxic polarization has moved beyond the political arena to impact our relationships with family, friends and neighbors. Even our hobbies are sources of conflict. Try these resources to navigate those crucial relationships and bring peace to the dinner table.

#DisagreeBetter in Your Community

Americas are losing faith in the institutions that used to bind us. From the classroom to the break room to the sanctuary, we need leaders to help guide the way back to common ground. Explore these opportunities to apply Disagree Better to promote harmony in these institutions that are so essential to American life.

#DisagreeBetter Politically

When policy discussions become more about scoring points than achieving progress, we all lose. These tools help empower elected officials and voters alike to elevate cooperation over conflict, and compromise over rhetorical combat.