September 16, 2021 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm CDT
What is the Unify Challenge?
It’s a guided video conversation that you’ll take with another American who may vote differently than you or be different than you in other ways. It’s a small but powerful way for everyday people to heal our national divide.
Consider this your official invitation to step out of your “bubble.” We the People can lead the way.
Surprisingly good things happen when we break out of our “bubbles.”
It’s human nature to feel comfortable with “our own tribe”… but it’s not so healthy for our country. Meet face-to-face with a fellow American who you might never get to know in your real life. Or on social media. If you think people who voted “for the other guy” or watch that news channel are, well… fill in the blank… you will likely be surprised. In a good way!
HERE’S HOW IT WORKS
Let’s choose to put down our gloves and come together.
Tell us about yourself.
Start by answering a few questions. This part’s easy! Just answer a few basic questions so we can match you with the perfect partner. Your match may vote differently than you do or be someone you’d never get the chance to meet in your daily life.
Then, you’ll pick a date for your Challenge. We typically run them in the evenings.
What you’ll need…
You’ll need a computer. (The Challenge works on your phone but it’s not a super great experience.)
Give yourself about an hour. Some partners chat longer because they get into it. Totally up to you!
And you’ll need an open mind. It’s OK to disagree. In fact, it’s great to disagree.
The best Challenges are ones where people find common ground and get into productive but respectful disagreement.
Take the challenge and have a conversation.
You may be thinking… “A video conversation with a complete stranger? What will we talk about?” Don’t worry. We make it super easy. It’s a guided survey that you take together about goals for the country around issues like healthcare, immigration, the economy, education, criminal justice, and more. You don’t have to be “into politics” — no prep needed!
Something very special happens when you hop on a video call with another American who you’d simply never meet in your daily life. When we’re with our “tribe,” we bond. We hit “like.” We re-tweet. But when we’re outside our bubble… we bridge. It’s a cool experience.
Feel hopeful and tell everyone you know what you just did.
Hope? What’s that? This experience is exhilarating. You’ll want to tell everyone you know what you just did.
It’s like going on a rollercoaster that looks scary, but after you go on it and you zoom through the drops and loops, you’re like “I want to do that again!” The Unify Challenge is like that but without the long lines and screaming 13-year-olds.
It’s up to each and every one of us to heal our national divisions.
Think of taking the Unify Challenge as a free, patriotic act that you can do at your computer after dinner.
Things are heating up in our country and not in a good way. It’s time for you (yes, you) to take the first step away from the fire.
Here’s what — when you strip away the insults and the forces working overtime to divide us with fear and misinformation, what you get is a country filled with people who want a lot of the same things.
We the People can lead the way.
So, what are you waiting for? Get on board with your fellow problem-solving, bridge-building unifiers.