Better Angels in Minnesota

Welcome

Better Angels in the North Star State is happy to have you as a member. Our volunteer MN coordinator of regional activities, Pat Devries, is here to help. You may contact her at pat.devries@better-angels.org for registration and for more information.

How To Get Involved

The best way to stay in touch is to join as a member ($10 annually) at better-angels.org. This will allow you to receive emails regarding monthly member calls, new initiatives, and local events.

To experience and learn about the Better Angels way of understanding political differences, participate in a Red/Blue and/or Skills Workshop.

Our signature Red/Blue Workshop brings together 7 conservative-leaning participants and 7 progressive-leaning participants for moderated activities and discussions that clarify disagreements, reduce stereotyped thinking, and begin building the relationships needed to find common ground.

Our Skills Workshop teaches practical skills for having better conversations with friends and family members with whom you have strong political disagreements.

Both workshops are typically three hours and neither workshops require advance preparation, knowledge of any specific subject, or fees. Just find a workshop that works for you and register. The workshops are highly structured to ensure civil and constructive conversation.

If you register, 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.

Additionally, if you would like to Organize a workshop in your community, and would like to enroll as an Organizer, click here.

If you have seen a workshop in action and would like to apply to become a Better Angels-certified Moderatorclick here.

If you are interested in the emerging Better Angels Debates, learn more and apply to be a Debate Chair, click here.

Upcoming Events

A number of Skills and 3-Hour Red/Blue Workshops are planned through the Dakota County Library and the Eagan Better Angels Alliance:

Inver Glen Library (Inver Grove Heights)
Jan. 26, Sat. 10:30am to 1:30pm Red/Blue Workshop

Wescott Library (Eagan)
Feb. 7, Thurs. 5:00pm to 7:30pm Skills Workshop
Feb. 24, Sun. 1:00pm to 4:00pm Red/Blue Workshop

Burnhaven Library (Burnsville)
Mar. 3, Sun. 1:00pm to 4:00pm Red/Blue Workshop
Mar. 9, Sat. 10:30am to 1:00pm Skills Workshop

Galaxie Library (Apple Valley)
Apr. 16, Tues. 5:00pm to 7:30pm Skills Workshop
Apr. 27, Sat. 1:00pm to 4:00pm Red/Blue Workshop

Wentworth Library (West St. Paul)
May 9, Thurs. 5:00pm to 7:30pm Skills Workshop
May 18, Sat. 10:00pm to 1:00pm Red/Blue Workshop

To register for any of the above library workshops, email Heather.Stephenson@co.dakota.mn.us

Eagan Alliance

An Alliance is a regular meeting of Better Angels members who have attended at least one workshop. The Alliance discusses policy and opportunities for civil engagement. The Eagan Alliance typically meets the third Tuesday of each month. For more information, please contact betterangelseaganalliance@gmail.com.

Handouts

Click here to read Bill Doherty’s dos and don’ts of political discussion at the Thanksgiving table.

Better Angels in Local Media

Better Angels recently partnered with Trademark Theater on their production of “Understood” which was covered by the Star Tribune and NPR:

https://www.mprnews.org/story/2018/10/22/-new-play-explores-gulf-between-political-extremes

http://www.startribune.com/new-minneapolis-play-aims-to-repair-broken-connections-between-reds-and-blues/494548041/

Bill Doherty and Better Angels were featured in an article about building relationships as an antidote to incivility:
http://www.startribune.com/we-re-in-the-danger-zone-of-distrust/498060191/

Our local Eagan Alliance was featured in the County newspaper:
Dakota County Tribune:
https://bit.ly/2OvSnU6.

A student workshop at St. Olaf was profiled on the school’s website:
https://wp.stolaf.edu/news/oles-seek-to-understand-each-other-through-red-blue-workshop.

Article about Better Angels in the Farmington Independent:
http://www.farmingtonindependent.com/news/government-and-politics/4522192-workshops-show-how-talk-politics-greater-understanding.

Article about family relationships and polarized politics:
http://www.startribune.com/the-dining-room-is-the-new-battleground-for-minnesotans-with-opposing-political-views/501017171/.

Let's Go DePolarize Minnesota!