October 23, 2018, U Maine, Vote

University of Maine at Orono

Why Do You Vote The Way You Do?

Tuesday, October 23, 11am to 1pm

Sponsored by The Rising Tide Center at the University of Maine at Orono.

All welcome!

As with all Make Shift Coffee Houses, this is not a debate. It’s not about persuading each other or arguing with each other.

It’s not about deciding what’s best or what’s worse, who’s right or who’s wrong, who’s good or who’s bad.

It’s simply about UNDERSTANDING each other’s political views. It’s a lot more about listening than telling.

We want to hear your political views AND how your views were shaped by your childhood, your education, and other influences on your life.





We begin with free food and live music; a chance to get a snack and chat with in pairs or small groups to get started.


The heart of the event is the next hour or so where we will engage in full group facilitated discussion. Following guidelines for a civil conversation, we will learn from each other by asking questions and hearing what’s important to the “other side.” All that’s required is a desire to understand and the willingness to listen.


After the full group discussion we’ll strike up the music again, get another cup of coffee, and talk in small groups about specific topics. Some of us will talk in pairs. It’s informal. It’s a coffee house!


Before wrapping up, Craig will bring the group back together in one last group dialogue. This time could be used for a wrap up with a summary of key concepts as well as any more input from the group.

This Make Shift Coffee House will be moderated by Craig Freshley of Good Group Decisions. A professional meeting facilitator, Craig will manage a civil exchange of ideas as a neutral third party. It’s not about judging right or wrong or good or bad, it’s about understanding each others’ perspectives.