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Jan 16, 2018

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Troy Howard Middle School

Troy Howard Middle School, Route 52, Belfast, ME



Make Shift Coffee House

The Make Shift Coffee House is a growing community based project created by Good Group Decisions Inc., executed by volunteers, and aimed to facilitate dialogue on hot button political issues.

Craig Freshley of Brunswick facilitates these events with a neutral, encouraging tone using his experience as a professional meeting moderator.

This upcoming Make Shift Coffee House will be in the Troy Howard Middle School, on Route 52, Lincolnville Ave, in Belfast, Maine from 6:00 pm to 8:30 pm on January 16th, 2018.

Make Shift Coffee House aims to understand our national divide by helping people understand the basis for each others political views. This event will focus on why we see things so differently.

Encouraging people to explore our political differences as well as areas of common interests, participants will be asked questions that prompt critical thinking. If you are a Democrat or a Republican, why? Do you think people have less tolerance today for people with different views? Do you think we are becoming more politically polarized? Why?

The sole purpose of a Make Shift Coffee House is for people to hang out and understand the reason for each other’s political views. To help make this happen, the Make Shift Coffee House has live music, free food and coffee, and lots of friendly conversation.

Feedback from prior events:

“Make Shift Coffee House made me realize that political discussions are worth having, because most Americans really do want what’s best for everyone. My experience there also encouraged me to read – and talk to others – about beliefs that are different from my own, without feeling immediately threatened or repulsed by them.”

“The Make Shift Coffee House is a brilliant example of collaboration. I am inspired and encouraged by this growing community effort. It feels like the essence of patriotism and love of our country.”

“I thought it was worthwhile and challenging to speak and listen rather than demonize. The surface was scratched, but I have a lot more listening to do.”

All are welcome.
Come join us as we resolve to understand each other in the New Year.