The Better Arguments Project

The Better Arguments Project equips Americans to reach across political, cultural and economic divides to have arguments that bring us closer together instead of driving us further apart. As a partnership between Facing History and Ourselves, the Aspen Institute's Program on Citizenship and American Identity, and The Allstate Corporation, the project centers on the simple idea that America doesn’t need fewer arguments, it needs better arguments.

Are You Ready for a Better Argument?

Facing History believes that better arguments are ones informed by historical, cultural, and civic awareness. Educators have an essential role to play in creating a space where better arguments can shine, where students give—and get—constructive feedback without fear or intimidation.

5 Features of Better Arguments

Get tips for how to bridge the divide and have more constructive arguments.

Aspen Ideas Festival Deep Dive

Watch this session from the 2018 Aspen Ideas Festival to gain perspective on the roots and contemporary manifestations of tension in American democracy.

Learn About Our Partnership with the Urban Consulate

The Better Arguments Project is partnering with the Urban Consulate to host a pilot event in Detroit, Michigan to address tensions between longtime Detroiters and newcomers as the city adapts to a time of rapid change and growth.

Better Arguments in a Changing Community

Learn about a recent workshop in Detroit, Michigan that brought together new and established Detroiters and challenged them to find a better way to speak with one another.

Learn About Our Tech Boom Tensions Event

On June 13, we piloted a new event: "Tech Boom Tension in Denver." The program included remarks by local and national leaders, including Colorado Governor Jared Polis; facilitated conversations and interactive training, and invitations to participate in follow-up sessions. Participants had the opportunity to constructively engage in contentious topics, including economic growth, technological advancement, inequity, gentrification and housing displacement, as they relate to metro Denver's booming tech industry.

Forming Better Arguments Requires Facing Our History

Facing History's president and CEO Roger Brooks shares his perspective on how we can learn to #ArgueBetter.

Fostering Civil Discourse Guide

Our Fostering Civil Discourse Guide provides educators with strategies most effective in helping students practice constructive civil discourse. Download it today.

The Better Arguments Project is a collaboration between Facing History and Ourselves, the Aspen Institute's Program on Citizenship and American Identity, and The Allstate Corporation.
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