Bridging America's Divisions

December 9, 2021
7:30 p.m.–9:00 p.m. ET

Joan Blades, John Gable, Pearce Godwin, and Mónica Guzmán joined Timothy Noah for a discussion on how their organizations are working in different ways to build bridges of understanding. This event was organized by the Network for Responsible Public Policy.


JOAN BLADES is a co-founder of, an open-source effort to build respectful caring connections across ideological, cultural, and party lines while embracing our core shared values. She is also a co-founder of and

MÓNICA GUZMÁN is director of digital and storytelling at Braver Angels, the nation’s largest cross-partisan grassroots organization working to depolarize America; host of live interview series at Crosscut; and cofounder of the award-winning Seattle newsletter The Evergrey.

JOHN GABLE is co-founder and CEO of and AllSides provides balanced news, media bias ratings, and opportunities for civil conversation across divides to help people better understand the world — and each other. Using technology, patented systems and a diverse team, AllSides curates perspectives across the political spectrum to provide more balanced coverage of today’s news and issues.

PEARCE GODWIN is the founder of Listen First Project and the #ListenFirst Coalition of 350+ organizations bringing Americans together across differences. He catalyzes the movement to heal America by building relationships and bridging divides, transforming division and contempt into connection and understanding.


TIMOTHY NOAH is a staff writer for the New Republic and maintains the Substack newsletter Backbencher.


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