Braver Angels Minnesota
The Star of the North
Why Braver Angels?
Launched in 2016, Braver Angels is a national citizens’ movement to bring liberals and conservatives together at the grassroots level — not to find centrist compromise, but to find one another as citizens. Through workshops, debates, and campus engagement, Braver Angels helps Americans understand each other beyond stereotypes, form community alliances, and reduce the vitriol that poisons our civic culture.
Braver Angels in Minnesota is thrilled to have you as a member!!
Membership is the best way to stay in touch and stay in the know. Only $12 annually will allow you access to the Braver Angels national website Member’s Portal, emails regarding monthly member calls, new initiatives, and events at both the national and local level.
To JOIN check out Support Us. Or consider becoming a sustaining member with a monthly donation, see Support Us for details.
Questions? Connect with your MN BA State Coordinators at email@example.com.
To experience and learn about the Braver Angels way of understanding political differences, participate in a workshop, a debate or one of many events in MN or across the nation. Currently all Braver Angels events are online via Zoom.
Workshop & Event Descriptions:
Minnesota’s Current Workshops, Debates and Events:
(or click HERE for all events)
All are welcome to participate in the FREE events offered, though membership to support Braver Angels is always encouraged.
Workshop and Event Descriptions:
Skills for Bridging the Political Divide Workshop: Skills for Civil Conversations
Learn skills for having respectful conversations that clarify differences, search for common ground and affirm the importance of maintaining relationships with those on the other side of the political divide. Practice conversation skills in pairs with someone of your same political persuasion.
Depolarizing Within Workshop: Becoming a Braver Angel in Your Own World
Learn the discipline of non-polarizing attitudes and words about the political “Other” with whom we share a national past and future. Become more aware of polarization inside us and between us. Practice skills for being critical—even sharply critical—without demonizing, dismissing, and stereotyping. Learn to constructively intervene in social conversations that veer into contempt and ridicule for people who hold other political views.
Families and Politics Workshop: How to Talk with Loved Ones on the Other Side
Family relationships are becoming casualties of our toxic political environment. Family members are having nasty political arguments, avoiding each other, and even cutting off lifetime relationships. If you want to preserve important family bonds while still being true to your values and political beliefs, this workshop will offer you insight into why family differences over politics are uniquely challenging. Learn to recognize common roles and strategies for handling differences in a constructive way.
Red/Blue Workshops: Listen to Learn and Understand
Focus on listening and reflecting during this structured conversation between balanced groups of Republican-learning and Democratic-leaning citizens. The conversation is designed to increase understanding of the experiences and beliefs of those on the other side of the political divide.
Braver Angels Debates: A Powerful Learning Experience
A Braver Angels Debate is a highly structured conversation in which a group of citizens think together, listen carefully to one another, and allow themselves to be touched and perhaps learn from each other’s ideas. When done well, everyone walks out a little closer to the truth, more aware of the validity in opposing views, and with tighter community relationships.
Registration is required for all events.
Events are typically two to three hours long and some require advance preparation with handouts and a short video. All workshops are FREE. Find a workshop or debate from anywhere in the nation that works for you and register. All events are highly structured to ensure respectful and constructive conversation. Come divided. Leave hopeful.
If you register for a workshop, debate or event—please keep in mind that the group is counting on you to attend so be sure to let the Organizer know well in advance if your plans change.
Join an Alliance in Minnesota. Leaders of the Alliance have a balance of Reds and Blues. Alliances gather monthly to practice communication utilizing BA skills across the political divide, to develop relationships, find common ground, develop action teams and organize events.
To learn more or join an active Alliance in your area, contact Tim Gustafson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
In The News
EXAMINE THE OTHER SIDE:
The Flipside: Get the Flipside email that provides a daily look at Red and Blue current political issues. Check it out here: https://www.theflipside.io/
Allsides: A website that looks at all political sides with the Red/Blue Dictionary, the Allsides article archive and the Media Bias Chart. Check it out here: https://www.allsides.com/allsides-search-results
The Open Mind Library: Provides resources to foster mutual understanding within educational and organizational settings. Check it out here: https://openmindplatform.org/library/
CHECK OUT BRAVER ANGEL MEDIA:
BA Podcast: https://braverangels.org/category/podcasts/
BA Featured Essays: https://braverangels.org/category/featured-essays/
BA Videos: https://braverangels.org/category/videos/
BA News: https://braverangels.org/news/
BA Library: https://braverangels.org/library/
Acting on behalf of the Braver Angels mission exhibits a level of engagement and leadership that illustrates active involvement and commitment to depolarizing yourself and others across the community, the state and the nation.
On-land and On-line Events:
Become a WORKSHOP ORGANIZER. Would you like to work with others to set up workshops and events? We train, we mentor and we collaborate. Click here for more information.
Or contact Ruth Lunde at email@example.com
Become a WORKSHOP MODERATOR: Like to teach others and present information? Become a Braver Angels-certified Moderator. Click here for more information. Or contact JoAnn Ward at firstname.lastname@example.org
Become a DEBATE CHAIR: Love a good debate and can write an effective resolution? Check here for more information. Or contact Bruce MacKenzie at email@example.com
Become a ZOOM EVENT MANAGER: Like to help others and contribute to a workshop? You could become a Zoom Feature Manager, a Participant Manager and/or a Technology Troubleshooter. Click here for more information. Or contact Jeff Thiemann at firstname.lastname@example.org
WRITE A LETTER :
To support Braver Angels civil conversations:
- The editor of your local newspaper
- Your state legislators
- Your national Representatives
- Senate Link: https://www.senate.gov/general/contact_information/senators_cfm.cfm?State=MN
- House of Representative Link: https://www.house.gov/representatives#state-minnesota
- Your national Congress people
- Your relatives from the other side
- Your most favorite friends who unfriended you on Facebook—invite them to join you at a BA workshop.
START and LEAD AN ALLIANCE:
Connect with our Alliance experts to start and lead a BA Alliance in your area by zip codes. Recruit an equal number of Reds and Blues and start the conversation, the events and the work to depolarize your neighborhood, your zip code or your town. It Starts With You!! Learn more at https://braverangels.org/what-we-do/alliances
Connect with our Alliance Experts for advice, guidance and mentoring in starting and leading a BA Alliance. Contact Tim Gustafson at email@example.com to learn more.
Arm-in-Arm Campaign: Heal your strained relationships with your family, friends and work colleagues from the other side of the political divide. Come to a BA workshop arm-in-arm. There is too much at stake, heal your relationships by joining us to depolarize America.
Get on board: Convince your faith community, your business, your school, your local GOP or DFL group to depolarize themselves by sponsoring a workshop, a debate or an Alliance in your community.
National Braver Angels
Join the national Braver Angels email list to get updates about other opportunities around the country!