Green County Leaders 2021-2022 Civil Leadership for Vibrant Communities


Thank you for your interest in Green County Leaders. Registration for the current program, Civil Leadership for Vibrant Communities, has closed. 

Please contact Victoria Solomon at (608) 328-9440 or if you have questions about Green County Leaders, would like to be notified of the applications once they are available for the next program year, or if you would like to refer a friend to the program.

The 2021/2022 Green County Leaders program is focused on leaders who lead and foster civil conversations and welcome diverse perspectives make better decisions. That’s particularly important now, when communities, non-profits, and businesses are making decisions in a historically unique time of transition.

Green County Leaders is partnering with Braver Angels to provide an engaging way to learn and lean into civil leadership to build vibrant communities by honing civil leadership skills.

As stated above, registration for this program has closed. To read more about the program offered this year, please see the class sessions listed below. If you would like to be included on the next opportunity provided by Green County Leaders, please email Victoria Solomon at

2021/2022 Green County Leaders Program 

Civil Leadership in Today's Divided World: An Introduction ~ 11am-12:30pm, Wed, Sept 29, 2021

This first step on the journey explores the forces of polarization in our nation and how we can counteract them in our local communities. We will discuss the challenges to working together across differences and learn about proven strategies to for communicating and working productively with people who see the world differently. Local leaders can show the way for their communities and the nation.

Skills for Bridging the Divide ~ 11am-12:30pm, Wed, September 29, 2021

Learn about the perspectives, feelings, and experiences of someone you care about who differs from you politically; have a sense of satisfaction about how you conveyed your own perspective, feelings, and experiences; and discover common ground, if it is there.

Growing Your Inner Bridge Builder ~ 9am-11am, Wed, Nov 10, 2021

Much of today’s polarization is driven by how we talk with like-minded people about those we disagree with on the other side.  Community leaders can learn to expand spheres of empathy and regard a wider range of people as potential partners, including when talking to like-minded peers, creating more durable solutions benefiting a wider range of people.

Families and Politics Workshop ~ 11am-1:30pm, Wed, December 8, 2021

Families and Politics shows you how to talk about politics with your loved ones in a way that brings you closer together — not further apart. You’ll discuss why family political discussions can be uniquely challenging, and how to handle the unique roles that family members often play in those conversations.

Common Ground Workshop ~ Wed, Jan 5, 2022 or Wed, Jan 19, 2022

You will be able to choose between one of the following times; you will also have the choice to participate or observe:

  • 10am – 1pm on Wednesday, January 5, 2022 OR 2pm — 5pm on Wednesday, January 5, 2022
  • 10am – 1pm on Wednesday, January 19, 2022 OR 2pm — 5pm on Wednesday, January 19, 2022

While the training workshops focus on skills for better interactions, Common Ground lets you put these into practice in real discussions around a single issue with those with opposing views, showing us how productive conversations about beliefs and policies can look. Participants will identify points of agreement that can lead to action on that issue.

  • Addressing Covid and Public Health Precautions
  • Addressing Poverty
  • Teaching Public School Students about Race and Racism

One to One ~ February 2022, Flexible Scheduling

Live Session – You will schedule your conversations directly with your assigned conversation partner. 

Session Description:
This is an opportunity to apply civil leadership skills in a different way – an opportunity to have a one-on-one conversation with someone of a different perspective. To continue your dialogues and go deeper on issues that are important to you and the life experiences that have formed your views, Braver Angels will match you with a member of a group with whom you may have differences for 1-to-1 conversations about those differences in experiences and beliefs, helping you develop ideas for community action.

For more information about these sessions, check out 1 on 1 Conversations Across Differences

Common Ground Workshop--Addressing Climate Change ~ March 2, 2022

Session Description:
This is an opportunity to discuss and explore climate change. More details to follow. 

Coffee Conversation Regarding Civility in Wisconsin (Optional) Live Session ~ 9am - 10am on Wednesday, April 13, 2022

Session description
This will be an opportunity to discuss how to build bridges and increase civil leadership in Wisconsin to foster more vibrant communities. 

Moderator Training (Optional) Live Session ~ April 22 , 2022 (2pm-3pm CST)

Session Description
You will be trained to run these sessions within your communities and organizations. Prior to the event, you will complete a self-paced training comprising videos and written guides and have access to personal coaching. You will also be eligible for additional training to run online events. 

More information about becoming a moderator will be posted shortly.

Looking Forward and Graduation Ceremony ~ Wednesday, May 11, 2022 - 10am-11:30am CST

Session Description:
You will reflect on what they have learned during this shared journey and what next steps, as an individual and as a community member, you may wish to take.

Further information about this session will be posted at least two weeks prior to this session. 

Civil Leadership for Vibrant Communities is possible because of a partnership with Green County Leaders, Braver Angels, and Leadership Wisconsin. For more information about:

Questions? Contact Victoria Solomon, Community Development Educator with Extension Green County at or (608) 328-9440.

Green County Leaders provides equal opportunity in education and programming.