Welcome to Braver Angels Indiana

Upcoming Events

WORKSHOP
Skills for Bridging the Divide
Sunday January 29, 1pm – 3:45pm

Monroe County Public Library
303 E. Kirkwood Avenue Bloomington, IN 47408

Note: This event is to be attended in person.

There can be a lot of stress among family members and friends who are divided politically, and polarizing public conversation doesn’t help.

In this workshop you will learn and practice skills for having respectful conversations that clarify differences, search for common ground, and affirm the importance of the relationship. This free workshop does the following:

    • Provides knowledge about what it takes to have constructive, non-polarizing conversations between people who disagree politically
    • Gives you the chance to practice these skills to have these conversations
    • Motivates you to have these conversations with people in your social network

You will practice the listening and speaking skills with others of your own political persuasion—red or blue. “Reds” lean conservative and tend to vote Republican. “Blues” lean liberal and tend to vote Democratic. If you fall somewhere in the middle, you will be asked to choose a side for the purpose of practicing the skills.

Questions? Contact Miles Eddy at miles@AHeartfeltProduction.com

Registration now at
www.BraverAngelsIndiana.org/skills

Radio Interview on WFHB

Braver Angels Indiana facilitators Miles Eddy and Jeff Marks sat down with host Michael Glab on his show “Big Talk” aired January 26, 2022 and talked about depolarizing and their upcoming “Skills to Bridge the Divide” workshop.

Listen now at: https://wfhb.org/news/braver-angels-jeff-marks-miles-eddy/

Indiana State Coordinator

Don Byrd

Bloomington, Indiana
dbyrd@braverangels.org

FROM DON

Braver Angels has been in existence for only a few years, but in terms of our main goal — depolarizing the country — it feels like it’s been a very long time! It’s been said that the United States have been disuniting in recent years, and it seems like a symptom of that appears in the news almost every day. Indiana is no different from the rest of the country. I live in Bloomington, the center of Braver Angels activity in Indiana. 

Many people on both the Left and the Right are convinced these days that many people on the other side are either stupid or just don’t care about the country; either way, talking to them is a waste of time. But I’ve found talking to people on the other side incredibly enlightening: so often they view things in a way that makes sense but which never would have occurred to me! I’m firmly convinced that the overwhelming majority of people on both “sides” of the political spectrum are reasonably intelligent people of good will who sincerely want the best for the country. If you’re a Hoosier, welcome, and please give Braver Angels a chance to enlighten you.

Don Byrd
Braver Angels State Coordinator for Indiana

Braver Angels of South-Central Indiana Bloomington Alliance

Red Co-Chair

William Ellis

Blue Co-Chair

Robert Pribush

Braver Angels of Monroe County alliance meets at noon the first Saturday of each month.  For more information email info@BraverAngelsIndiana.org.

With Malice Toward None

The days after the election could begin a dark time of polarization in the land—unless we act together to make it otherwise.  That’s where the With Malice Toward None initiative comes in. The goal is to create a space for people to deal with their emotions (positive and negative), to build our capacities for working together to address our common challenges, and to commit ourselves to a renewed citizenship.  What to learn more?   Click HERE.

Hold America Together

We are united by our commitment to keep our country together!  Hold America Together groups are small groups of 5-12 friends and neighbors that individual Americans can organize on their own now and that will be activated in the event of an election emergency.  Learn More.

In The News

MSNBC – Republican and Democrat voters look to overcome differences at unique program (March 22, 2018, Hallie Jackson)

A group of voters in Indiana, both Republican and Democrat, volunteered to participate in a unique self-evaluation workshop with a group called Better Angels. The goal is finding common ground. “I think it’s hard to get things done as a country if we’re just trying to better ourselves over the other group and win,“ concluded one voter.

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