6 Comments on “Make Shift Coffee House Comments”

  1. Thanks Sydney! Thanks Joe!
    Love both of your recent comments.
    And I hope it’s okay to tell the world that you are both recent college graduates.
    We love that younger people are finding and appreciating Make Shift Coffee Houses!

  2. I’ve been to between 5-10 Make Shift Coffee House facilitations in the past 2 years. Over time and through long-term conversations with people I’ve met there, some of my burning questions about the political divide have been answered. But more often than answers, and especially when I bring friends, I leave with an important question: “What’s next? How can we multiply the positive impact this facilitation has had on us, by acting on what we’ve learned and sharing it with others?” I’m so proud to see Make Shift Coffee House opening up new outlets for people to take its potential further, like the Make Shift community project in Yarmouth that will begin to measure the long term impact this can have. Personally, attending many events over time has calmed some of my political anxiety (which means a lot coming from someone who works in politics every day), made me a better listener, and given me concrete tools to use in difficult conversations. I’m so excited to see where it goes!

  3. Make Shift Coffee House’s trademark “Listen to Understand” is of paramount importance in our world of strongly diverging political identities. Not often are we asked to take a step back, try as best we can to suspend our biases, and really try to understand those with whom we disagree. Experiencing this at the multiple Make shift Coffee House events I’ve attended has been a transformational political experience. If this was the default mode for our politics, a brighter future would certainly materialize.

  4. I think the May 21 session was positive and proved adults can get together, share some thoughts, and behave civilly. However, I would urge the organizers to more tightly manage the sessions because the first people who speak tend to set the direction of the session with their comments, regardless of the appropriate “weight” of the topic they introduce should be given. Some people know this about the dynamics of group meetings and purposefully assert themselves early in order to direct the conversation on topics important to them. One reason why these sessions can be civil is that there is no testing of ideas or the level of detail or depth. People are free to make broad, superficial policy statements. The devil is always in the details and where conflict emerges. People ought to be asked to explain their position in terms of implementation and impacts. If, for example, they are advocating for something that costs money, they should be asked to explain who pays and why they think their friends and neighbors ought to be spending their money on the cause, which other programs should be discontinued to make room for their more important public policy interests, which type of governmental origination would be responsible (e.g. federal, state, county, municipality) etc.

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