Braver Angels Minnesota


Learn about Reduce the Rancor, Minnesota

Welcome to Braver Angels

Braver Angels Minnesota is part of a national citizens' movement that brings together conservatives, liberals, independents and others to restore trust, respect and goodwill in American politics.

We seek not to eliminate our differences but rather deal with them head-on -- with respect and understanding -- for the betterment of our communities. In short, we do not try to change people's views on issues but on how they view the other side.

We offer workshops, debates and structured conversations - typically for no charge - that allow participants to learn and practice effective listening and speaking skills. 

Our volunteers share and model these skills because they believe that treating each other better is the answer to what's broken in America. 

There will always be differences. We believe the best way forward is to change how we deal with those differences.

Read:

Renewing Civic Hope: America Must Face Its Civic Crisis
Time magazine, June 13, 2024 
By Trygve Throntveit and Harry Boyte

Our nation is in civic crisis. On one hand, Americans report historically low levels of trust in institutions and offices of government. On the other, they exaggerate the power of such institutions and offices, demanding that the U.S. president end the Israel-Hamas war in Gaza, for instance, or work harder to stop inflation. As the 2024 election approaches, some lament the travesty of a democracy reduced to a choice between bad and worse; others view the prospect of their chosen candidates’ losing as they might the prospect of a foreign invasion or zombie apocalypse. Read more

Questions? Contact the state coordinators

You can donate directly to the Minnesota State Alliance #123.

News about Braver Angels Minnesota  

Inside Hook, a magazine aimed at men

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Upcoming Events

Facilitated Discussion: What will it take to have trustworthy elections?
6-8 pm Tuesday, June 25 
Conservatives and liberals distrust our elections for vastly different reasons—from voter fraud and election security to voter suppression and peaceful transfer of power. What will it take to have trustworthy elections? Isn't that what we all want? Join a facilitated discussion 6-9 pm Tuesday, June 25 at Davanni's of I-94 and White Bear Avenue in Saint Paul.
For a link to this and more upcoming Events.

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Get involved

We offer many ways to Get Involved. Join for $12 a year. Take a free eCourse. Attend a free local, state or national Braver Angels event, among other possibilities. Donations gratefully accepted.

Volunteer Profile - Read about Bruce Morlan of Northfield in Get Involved. He leans conservative and volunteers as a Braver Angels ambassador who speaks to Rotary Clubs around the state about Braver Angels. 

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Reduce the Rancor

Join our latest campaign to build capacity among individual Minnesotans and constituencies in academic, civic and religious organizations to disagree better. Here's what one partner said about why her organization joined the campaign.


"We are expecting one in three rural physicians to retire in the next five years. And part of that is being driven by rancor or burnout. Nobody's out there saying we should be less healthy. We all want to be healthy. We have different strategies for how to get there. But health is a common goal."
                                                                  Laurel Ries M.D., President, Minnesota Medical Association

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Braver Angels Effectiveness

After participating in our programs: 


After participating in our signature Red/Blue Workshop:


After participating in 1:1 Conversations:  97% of participants say they found common ground with someone across the divide.


Source: Braver Angels Program Evaluations 

Questions?

Connect your Minnesota Braver Angels state coordinators at mn-coordinators@braverangels.org.