Make Shift Coffee House
Conversations across our differences
Award-winning format. Online. You're invited.
A Make Shift Coffee House is a free online place where people with different views talk to each other with respect. Each session is expertly facilitated. If you have a minority or unpopular view, bring it. We especially want to hear why you believe what you believe. We want to understand different perspectives, whether we agree with them or not.
Americans have strong beliefs, different beliefs, and we are not shy about sharing them or even imposing them on others.
Yet if we have any hope of beating coronavirus or getting through the next election without wanting to kill each other, we need to work together in spite of our differences.
To work with each other we need to talk with each other; two-way, not typing, not shouting.
When we share stories and opinions in real conversation we gain understanding and we build respect. Common ground emerges and we can see that we are on the same team, in the same boat, fellow Americans.
Bring Make Shift to YOUR Community or Organization
Would you like a Make Shift Coffee House on a topic of your choice? Would you like to recruit or even hand-chose the participants yourself? Would you like to co-brand with us?
We are offering custom-made online Make Shift Coffee Houses for $400 each.
We have the format, the infrastructure, and the expertise. You supply the participants.
Just like all our other Make Shift Coffee Houses, we will run your Make Shift Coffee House on Zoom and broadcast it on Facebook Live. All our typical guidelines will apply.
If you are looking to bring respectful conversation to YOUR community or organization, learn more here.
Let’s get YOUR Make Shift Coffee House on the schedule.
Here is a sample Online Make Shift Coffee House hosted by The Patten Free Library in Bath, Maine.
Our topic was “Is violent protest ever justified?” and participants included a police chief, an immigrant author, and a Black Lives Matter protester among others.