Tired of the division in our country, communities and even our families? You can do something about it.
The Unify Challenge for Nebraska is a productive one-on-one online conversation with another Nebraskan who may vote or think differently than you do. Listening to a neighbor and hearing a fresh perspective helps everyone get back to the business of solving problems.
Discuss things that matter to Nebraskans with an open mind. Make your voice heard.
It’s a live one-on-one online conversation (like Zoom) with another Nebraskan who may live across the state and have a different outlook on things. It’s not a debate. It’s an invitation to have a productive, open conversation with a fellow Nebraskan to find common ground and talk about issues Nebraska faces.
You may be thinking… “A video conversation with a complete stranger? What will we talk about?” Don’t worry. We make it super easy.
Together, you’ll talk through questions provided in a conversation guide about issues that matter most to Nebraskans like public safety, water, healthcare, housing, and education. And you don't have to be “into politics” — no prep needed!
If you’re over 18 and live in Nebraska….you! From Sioux County in the Panhandle to Omaha in the east; Cherry County in the Sandhills and Franklin County in the south….we’re looking for proud Nebraskans to sign up!
You’ll have three options, all virtual: Tuesday, March 1 at 12pm CST (11am MST), Thursday, March 3 at 7pm CST (6pm MST), or Saturday, March 5 at 10 am CST (9am MST).
Based on the information you provide when you officially register in January, we’ll match you across differences. You may be matched with someone who votes differently than you, has a different background, or lives in a different part of the state.
Even though a Challenge pair may vote for candidates from different parties and may watch different cable news channels, they both may care about affordable housing or immigration reform.
Sign up and learn more about matching and what to expect.
People worry about conflict during the Unify Challenge, but it just doesn’t happen. Thousands of people have taken the Challenge and are surprised by how often they agree with their partner, find common ground, and really enjoy the interaction. Why? People who choose to take the Challenge share a love of country and want to keep it strong, not divided.
It’s also amazing what happens when you are face-to-face on a video call, rather than faceless behind a keyboard on social media. We just are a whole lot friendlier and interested in listening and learning.
However, if at any point during the discussion an issue arises, live support hosts are available to assist.
No. The Unify Challenge is a program developed by Unify America, a cross-partisan nonprofit organization.
You will be paired with another Nebraskan who you wouldn’t ordinarily interact with in your daily life. You may not always agree (and that’s the beauty of it!) but everyone does this with the best of intentions. People worry that they'll be paired with a troll or someone combative. In our experience, this simply doesn't happen. But if it does, you can just leave the conversation and contact us.
Nope. No need to prepare at all.
Our system tries to match folks who are political opposites first. Sometimes, people who are more politically aligned but are different geographically or demographically get matched. We have a special experience for those Challenge matches!
No. We protect your privacy. Some people really like getting to know each other and may choose to share contact info — but that’s entirely up to you!
People worry about this and wonder if they’ll encounter a troll. To date, we have never had this issue. Unify America attracts folks who are worried about toxic polarization. Most have had politics divide their families and friends. These are people who are part of the “exhausted majority.” On the off-chance you get matched with an idiot, you can always just hit the Help button or simply close your browser.
Plan for about an hour. Sometimes it takes less time… and sometimes partners go longer because they are so interested in the conversation.
You will need a desktop or a laptop computer that you can use for a video call. The experience won’t work on a mobile phone. We will walk you through everything — it’s easy.
Here’s a short video on exactly how the Unify Challenge works:
“The Unify Challenge isn’t about compromising our most cherished and deeply held beliefs. It’s about putting away our caricatures about ‘the other side’ and recognizing our shared humanity. It’s about abandoning political fighting and replacing it with actual problem-solving. We have a proud tradition of gathering, listening, debating, making up our minds, and then moving forward together. That’s not only a core Nebraska value, it’s as American as it gets.”
“My country’s uniform, which I wore for 36 years, doesn’t represent only Red America or Blue America. It represents the United States of America. The Unify Challenge for Nebraska is an important opportunity for all of us to practice this – and to remember how great our country can truly be when we work together to find common ground.”