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May 2019

May 21, 2019, Yarmouth, Role of Government

May 21, 2019 @ 6:30 am - 8:30 pm
Patriot Insurance Company, 701 US 1 Suite 1
Yarmouth, ME 04096 United States
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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. Timing 6:15  …

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June 2019

June 9, 2019, A Model to Bridge the Political Divide on Campus with Community Engagement, Intergroup Dialogue Conference at U. Mass, Amherst

June 9, 2019 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

At this conference titled "Intergroup Dialogue: Pedagogy of Possibilities" Craig presented a workshop on Make Shift Coffee House to representatives from colleges across the Northeast.

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August 2019

August 1, 2019, Yarmouth, How Do Labels Work for You?

August 1, 2019 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Patriot Insurance Company, 701 US 1 Suite 1
Yarmouth, ME 04096 United States
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Are your political views different from the labels? Do you fall in line with political party ideals? Why are we so quick to label others? Please join us to explore political labels, stereotypes, and code words; how they help or hinder, and why we use them. Make Shift Coffee Houses are not debates. We aim to learn about and understand each other’s political views, talk with our neighbors, and enjoy good company. Click here for specifics about the format and what…

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October 2019

October 9, 2019, Belfast, What Are American Values?

October 9, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Troy Howard Middle School, 173 Lincolnville Road
Belfast, ME United States
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This is one of a series of three Make Shift Coffee Houses planned for the Waldo County area,  Maine, USA. The three events are guided by a local committee co-chaired by Independent, Cathy Roberts and Republican, Patty Keyes. As with all Make Shift Coffee Houses, this is not a debate. It’s simply about UNDERSTANDING each other’s political views. Come enjoy free food, coffee, music and respectful face-to-face conversation. All are welcome! No RSVP, registration, or tickets required. Just show up. Republicans,…

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October 15, 2019, Yarmouth, What is Freedom? And how to talk about it.

October 15, 2019 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Patriot Insurance Company, 701 US 1 Suite 1
Yarmouth, ME 04096 United States
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At this Make Shift Coffee House we will have an actual conversation about the meaning of freedom and then facilitator/trainer Craig Freshley will help us learn from that conversation. We hope that each person will take away practical tips and tools to use in your own conversations with people who think different from you. Generically, Freedom is defined as “absence of coercion or constraint in choice or action.” But in the United States the word is iconic, even though the…

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October 24, 2019, Richmond, What are American Values?

October 24, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Enterprise Grange #48, 15 Alexander Reed Road
Richmond, ME United States
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What are American Values? What does America stand for? What does it mean to be patriotic? Or unpatriotic? In this Make Shift Coffee House we will discuss those and related questions. As with all Make Shift Coffee Houses, this will not be a debate. We aim to learn about and understand each other’s political views, talk with our neighbors, and enjoy good company. Click here for specifics about the format and what it’s like to attend a Make Shift Coffee House.…

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November 2019

November 5, 2019, Bowdoin College, What is the Role of Government in America?

November 5, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Bowdoin College, 255 Maine Street
Brunswick, ME 04011 United States
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What role should government play at local, state, and a national level? What is the right size of government? How should government affect your daily life? What role should government play in: Immigration? Healthcare? Education? Climate change? Social justice? Business regulation? Other issues? In this Make Shift Coffee House we will discuss these and related questions. As with all Make Shift Coffee Houses, this will not be a debate. We aim to learn about and understand each other’s political views, talk…

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November 6, 2019, Searsmont, How Do Labels Work For You?

November 6, 2019 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Searsmont Town Library, 37 Main Street
Searsmont, ME 04973 United States
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Are your political views different from the labels? Do you fall in line with political party ideals? Why are we so quick to label others? Please join us to explore political labels, stereotypes, and code words; how they help or hinder, and why we use them. This is one of a series of three Make Shift Coffee Houses planned for the Waldo County area, Maine, USA. The three events are guided by a local committee co-chaired by Independent, Cathy Roberts and…

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January 2020

January 14, 2020, Hallowell, Maine. What are the most critical political issues today and why?

January 14 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Hallowell City Hall Auditorium, 1 Winthrop Street
Hallowell, ME 04347 United States
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In your opinion, what's most important to our local community, to our state, and to our country? We want to hear how people form different opinions on different issues – whether socially, policy or politically related – and why.   How did you form your opinions on different issues? How did you come to have the views that you have?    This Make Shift Coffee House is sponsored in collaboration with an ad hoc group of local residents. Snow Date:…

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January 15, 2020, Augusta, Maine, Make Shift Training

January 15
Maine State Library, 230 State Street
Augusta, ME 04333 United States
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Are you interested in learning how to host or facilitate a Make Shift Coffee House? On January 15, 2020 in Augusta, Maine, professional meeting facilitator and Make Shift Coffee House Founder Craig Freshley, will provide training for both hosts and facilitators. It will be a fun opportunity for hosts! They will have the opportunity to meet with facilitators and other hosts. In addition, they will learn how to bring conservatives and liberals together, and how to have their own Make…

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