Gift donations to Braver Angels
The Support Us page has been updated to allow people to donate as a gift or in honor of someone. Now you can make birthday gifts, holiday gifts, memorial gifts, or any other donation gifts in honor of somebody else. This has been requested for a while and our amazing Tech Team put it together in time for holiday season!
Divvy is now known as BILL Spend & Expense!
We wanted to share this announcement that Divvy has changed it's name to BILL Spend & Expense. You will need to update the Divvy app on your phone to see this change. Also, when logging in, you will use the same email and password as before. The only thing that has changed is the name and logo. All the same functions that were in Divvy are in BILL Spend & Expense. We have updated the Field Leaders Portal as needed.
New Alliance: Braver Angels Alliance of Coastal North Carolina
Congratulations to the new alliance recently formed in North Carolina. Welcome to John Rebholz (R) and Robin Warfield (B), co-chairs of the new Braver Angels Alliance of Coastal North Carolina.
New Alliance: Twin Cities East Metro
Congratulations to the new alliance recently formed in Minnesota. Welcome to Karl Sandberg (R) and Melinda Voss (B), co-chairs of the new Twin Cities East Metro Alliance.
New Alliance: Inland Empire
Congratulations to the new alliance recently formed in California. Welcome to Marc Ang (R), Sarah Kattus (B) and Holly Highfield (O), co-chairs of the new Inland Empire Alliance.
New Alliance: Braver Angels of Tarrant County
Congratulations to the new alliance recently formed in Tarrant County, Texas. Welcome to Don Krause (R) and Gary Foran (B), co-chairs of the new Braver Angels of Tarrant County Alliance.
New Alliance: Columbia Gorge Alliance
Congratulations to the new alliance recently formed in Columbia Gorge in Oregon. Welcome to Doug Roof (R) and Tom Aspitarte (B), co-chairs of the new Columbia Gorge Alliance.
New Alliance: Chittenden County VT Braver Angels Alliance
Congratulations to the new alliance recently formed in Chittenden County VT Braver Angels Alliance in Vermont. Welcome to Robert Etter (R) and Mary K. Dennison (B) , co-chairs of the new Chittenden County VT Braver Angels Alliance.
Convention: Field Plenary Slides & Information
The slides used in the BA Convention Plenary #4 - What are we doing in communities? - is now available - HERE. Field leaders are free to use the quotes and slides where appropriate. The photo mosaic video used in the introduction of Plenary #4 is also available as a standalone video - suitable for inclusion in field presentations. Many thanks to LINDA BECK for driving this deliverable. File is HERE.
Convention Meet-Ups and Poster Session
To help those of us who are attending the upcoming Braver Angels convention to intentionally meet each other, the convention planners have created an app for your phone called “whova”. (Convention attendees should have gotten a message about how to download this on their phones.)
New Alliance: San Luis Obispo Alliance
Braver Angels annual report - pageable PDF
The Annual Report has now been modified into a PAGEABLE PDF. This is the best way to present the report. Please SHARE the following links with anyone who wants to access the report in the most readable format. Many thanks to Sabrina Pedersen for her magic in creating these!
Welcome to our new alliance in Oregon
Congratulations to the new alliance recently formed in the NW Willamette Valley of Oregon. Welcome to Elizabeth Christensen (R) and Sue Staehli (B), co-chairs of the new NW Willamette Valley Braver Angels Alliance.
Welcome to our new alliance in North Carolina!
Congratulations to the new alliance recently formed in Wilmington, NC in Arizona. Welcome to Eddie Jones (R) and Nancy Cunningham (B), co-chairs of the new Braver Angels Alliance of Wilmington, NC.
Welcome to our reactivated and renamed alliance in Pennsylvania!
Welcome back! Thanks to Betsy Hower (R) and Lex McMillan (B), the Braver Angels Gettysburg Alliance has been re-activated as the Adams County Alliance.
BA meeting opener & rules of engagement
Welcome to our new alliance in Arizona!
Congratulations to the new alliance recently formed in Maricopa County in Arizona. Welcome to Cylee Gutting (R) and Joy Lubeck (B), co-chairs of this new alliance.
First faith-sponsored workshop pilot ready to go
Braver Angels welcome all who wish to progress our mission: to bridge the political divide and strengthen our democratic republic. By definition, this means that a multitude of perspectives will be presented in our offerings.
The first pilot - a Christian Faith-Sponsored workshop for Depolarizing Within (DW) - will be held as a national event on March 25 (from 2-5 p.m. EST) with Mark Beckwith serving as the faith host.
Check out our recent Tech Tips!
Please click on the links below to view the Tech Tips:
For a full list, please visit Tech Tip Tuesdays on the Tech Resources Site to view the slide deck.
Welcome to our new and reactivated alliances in January!
Congratulations to the new alliance recently formed in Birmingham, Alabama. Welcome to Steve Whitaker (R) and Barbara Eiland (B), co-chairs of this new alliance.
Braver Partners - Organization Referrals
"The Abortion Talks" film discussion
In Boston, a man killed two people and wounded five others at two abortion clinics in 1994. In the aftermath of this tragedy, three prolife and three prochoice leaders agreed to meet a few times. They ended up meeting in secret for almost six years, then jointly published a letter about their experience in The Boston Globe. None of the participants changed their minds about the issue of abortion, but during the course of their discussions, they found themselves stretched spiritually and intellectually, and they became good friends. Their friendship helped change the tone of the abortion debate in Boston. A film entitled "The Abortion Talks" was created to tell their story. Here's the film trailer, and the film website.
We now have an edited film discussion and, just as importantly, a podcast with the film's co-director plus pro-choice and pro-life Braver Angels members.
Welcome to our new alliances in December!
Welcome to the new Laramie County Alliance (#1118) in Cheyenne, Wyoming. The leaders of this new alliance are Tom Brantley (Red) and Peter Newell (Blue).
Tech Tip: Field Leaders can request a Braver Angels Google Workspace account for volunteers
Alliance Co-Chairs, State Coordinators, and Regional Leads can request a Braver Angels Google Workspace account for volunteers who provide substantial support for their local Alliance or State leadership. To learn more, please visit Tech Tip Tuesdays on the Tech Resources Site.
Informal Question and Answer session about "Walk a Mile in My News" experience
Meet with folks from several teams who have presented Walk a Mile in My News if you are considering presenting this experience, or are in the early planning stages for it, and have questions they can help you with. This exciting experience pairs Blue-leaning and Red-leaning individuals for a three-week journey to share news sources and information about mutually agreed-upon subjects. You can find more information here.
This exciting experience pairs Blue-leaning and Red-leaning individuals for a three-week journey to share news sources and information about mutually agreed-upon subjects. You can find more information here.
Check out Braver Politics happenings
Braver Politics is the political application of Braver Angels' individual work in three specific ways:
Welcome to our new alliances in October!
Our first new alliance in October is in New Mexico, the North Central New Mexico alliance. The two leaders of that alliance are Marty Gerber (Blue) and Barbara Regan (Red).
Our second one is in Iowa, the South Central Iowa Alliance, with leaders Richard Tucker (Red) and Anne Murr (Blue).
Our third one is the South Central Kansas Alliance. Mike Morton (Blue) and Michael Barrett (Red) are the alliance co-chairs for this new alliance.
Welcome to these new alliances!
Tech Tip: How to schedule a 1-to-1 or small meeting with Google Meet or Zoom for Field Leaders
Field Leaders can use Google Meet or Zoom to schedule meetings. Examples may include Alliance steering committee or board meetings, connecting with individual members and volunteers, or a planning meeting to discuss an upcoming Braver Angels event. To learn more, please check out the Tech Site's Video Conferencing section.
Welcome to our new alliances in September!
We have several new alliances this month, which we are announcing.
The first one, in El Sobrante, Califonia is called the "El Sobrante Alliance for Action on Homelessness & Fire Safety" and is our first alliance coming out of a working action group. Pam Morris (Red) and Eileen Johnson (Blue) are this new alliance's co-chairs.
The second one, is an alliance for US Citizens who live abroad, and is called "Braver Angels Abroad - Europe." We have a large group of Braver Angels supporters with US connections who are very excited about this new group, led by Sabrina Garland (Red) and Laura Pascal (Blue).
In addition, there are three new alliances in Minnesota labeled by their congressional district numbers. (1) Congressional Districts 1, 2, & 7, with John Stewart (Red) and Roger Warehime (Blue) as co-chairs; (2) Congressional Districts 4 & 8, with Tim Gustafson (Red) and John Wolforth (Blue) as co-chairs; and (3) Congressional Districts 3 & 6, with Tim Gustafson (Red) and Steven Gartland (Blue) as co-chairs.
Red Interview Project - Call for Volunteers
Reaching Republican Voters upcoming webinar - August 23, 2022
Welcome to our new alliances in August!
We have five new alliances this month, one in Washington, two in Idaho, one in Oregon, and one in Arizona.
Snohomish County's new alliance in Washington state is led by Janelle Burke (Red), Miles Thornton (Blue), and Brea Nixon (Independent/Other).
The Treasure Valley alliance in Boise, Idaho, is led by Linda Brugger (Blue) and Mike Tilrico (Red).
The Idaho State alliance is led by Damien Preinitz (Red) and Rob Hansen (Blue).
Braver Angels of Klamath County in Oregon is led by Chuck Edson (Blue) and Kristen Clark (Red).
The Phoenix, Arizona alliance is led by Joseph Prewitt (Red) and Nedra Eldridge (Blue).
We are excited to have these new alliances joining us and look forward to seeing how they work to further the mission of Braver Angels and depolarization in their local areas.
New moderator resources available through members' portal
Next moderator forum - August 11, 2022
August’s topic: Getting Back to In-Person Moderating
Training video for returning in-person moderators
Cindy Heck is a BA moderator who was leading lots of workshops back in 2019 but got involved with other BA activities and hadn't moderated over the past couple of years. When her local library reached out to ask if she would lead a workshop, Cindy was happy to say yes -- and then was confused and concerned when she couldn't find the materials she needed on the BA website. She reached out to John Schwenkler, head of the BA Dev Team, for help and got the information she needed. Cindy and John's conversation has been recreated in this video and slide deck, designed to help any moderator who is re-engaging with BA after some time away and is wondering "what's different and where do I get the information and materials I need?"
Welcome to our new alliances in July!
We welcome a new alliance in Houston, Texas this month! It will be led by two alliance co-chairs, Alex McDonald (Blue) and G. Leigh Anderson (Red). Good work to all of those who helped get this new alliance up and running, including Texas state coordinator and regional lead, Mike Seay.
Online Skills for Social Media - national field test
Online Skills for Social Media Workshop (Field Test)
Thank you to Steve Saltwick for his service to the Office of Field Operations!
As we look back on the work of the Office of Field Operations, we want to officially thank Steve Saltwick for the amazing work he has done over the past few years for the office and field. We are where we are today because of the amazing work that Steve Saltwick, Lynn Heady, and Riley Hart all put into establishing this office.
As you may have heard on the June 20 national field call (see link here for his announcement at 55:39), Steve is transitioning into a Senior Fellow role for Braver Angels at the national level, doing special projects.
Learn More: Walk a Mile in my News
You are invited to an informal Zoom about presenting Walk a Mile in My News for people considering or in early planning stages for this program. Several veterans of the program will be available to answer questions. If you are just getting started, we recommend that you watch this introductory video before the meeting: July, 2021 presentation about WMMN by the Sacramento Alliance.
Tech Onboarding Session - feedback needed
The Tech Team is in the process of revamping the onboarding experience for new Field Leaders to include a tech onboarding session. We are seeking feedback from Alliance Co-chairs, State Coordinators, and Regional Leads to learn about which activities (where technology can assist) would be most helpful to receive training on. For example: how to send mass emails, creating events/meetings in Google Calendar, ways to improve team collaboration online, etc. Please send your feedback via email or request a Zoom meeting by contacting Sabrina Pedersen at firstname.lastname@example.org.
New Event Team Support (ETS) tool
The Event Team Support (ETS) tool consolidates all information needed to organize a workshop or alliance event on a single website. The tool also helps putting together the event team and simplifies communicating with team members. Organizers receive a link to this app as part of the confirmation email sent to them when filling out the Event Request Form (ERF).
To learn more, contact Martin Hunke at email@example.com.
New Workshop: Being Blue in a Red Environment (BBRE)
Welcome to our new alliances in May!
We welcome one new alliance this month.
The Soda City Alliance in Columbia, South Carolina
Thank you to Karen Brown, the new "blue" co-chair and Daniel Morales, the "red" co-chair, for their work in getting this new alliance started. Daniel is also the new State Coordinator for South Carolina.
News from the ZEM team
As a Participant Manager, you can do a short additional training to add Breakout Room Manager to your Braver Angels qualifications. This is a self-paced training module on our ZEM training website. No need to re-enroll, just go to the website.
Online Skills for Social Media Workshop (PILOT #2, for BA members only)
New Alliance Tech Infrastructure training
Do you ever wish you didn't have to go to Action Network to find all of the people who might could be involved in your alliance, and their past involvement levels with Braver Angels, and could have an easier way to do so? That way is now available, through the diligent work of folks on the Braver Angels tech team on the Alliance Infrastructure pilot project.
Thanks to the noble efforts of Louis Tsien -- a volunteer on the BA National Tech Team -- we now have available, in elegant eCourse format, a guide that efficiently onboards any new Alliance leader (co-chair, tech liaison, etc.) to the various parts of the cohesive whole that is the Alliance Tech Infrastructure Project. And thanks to Sabrina Pedersen for her continued work bringing our online help resources and 1-to-1 onboarding process up to par.
In-person BA workshops are back!
Opportunity for Public Speaking Training
The Ambassador community is moving forward with their next Ambassador Toastmaster's Speechcraft training.
National Week of Conversation
America Talks will take place this year on April 21 and 23. During certain hours on those two days, people who have pre-registered and answered a short series of questions can log in and be immediately paired for a conversation with someone who answered one or more of those questions differently.
Welcome to our New Alliances
We welcome four new alliances this month.
The Jackson, Mississippi alliance
Kudos to Paul Buckley, the new "blue" co-chair and Nic Lott, the "red" co-chair, as well as Theo Brown, for their work in getting this new alliance started.
The Memphis Area alliance
Thanks to Kali Kucera (the new "blue" co-chair) and Curt Cowan (the new "red" co-chair), as well as Ron and Lynn Heady, for helping get this off the ground.
The Northwoods, Wisconsin alliance
Kudos to Clare Seguin, the new "red" co-chair and Karen Kaufman, the "blue" co-chair, for their work in getting this new alliance started.
The Colorado Southern Front Range alliance
Thanks to John Hoskinson (the new "red" co-chair) and Jennifer Barnes (the new "other" co-chair) for helping get this new alliance started.
These alliances have been in the works for awhile, and we are excited to welcome them to the field!
Zoom Updates Affecting Workshops
The tech team working on workshops & zoom capabilities sent this to us for you this month.
1. Allow host or co-hosts to rename participants in Waiting Rooms.
Workshop Development Updates
National Debate Summer Internships
The BA national debate team has just opened applications for their Summer 2022 Debate Team Internships. We would greatly appreciate it if you shared this information with any connections you have that could help us find some high quality candidates, especially Reds. See the blurb below you can share. Thank you in advance for the help with the intern application process!
Braver Angels Work Mentioned on Tucker Carlson show
On March 28, 2022, Zac Kriegman, a member of the BA Greater Boston Alliance, went on Tucker Carlson Today (Tucker's long form interview show on Fox Nation) to discuss his search for truth in the context of the BLM protests (more on Zac's work on that here).
At about 40 minutes on the show, Zac mentions his Braver Angels work.
Check out these four new Field Funding videos, including how to get postcard funds
Braver Angels-Wide Contact Coordination (aka Herding Cats)
Our new Braver Angels-wide Contact Coordination (aka Herding Cats) effort amps up the scale and reach of Braver Angels by making us aware of each others' useful contacts, while keeping us from looking bad if several Braver Angels--unbeknownst to each other--pester the same person. We need you to participate! Please enter here key people you know who are associated with political bodies, educational institutions, the media, non-profits, companies, etc. who are or could be key contacts for Braver Angels or Braver Politics. View the list of contacts here. If you have an @braverangels.org email address, you may see a cat's paw in your email box. Click on it to add a new contact, or on the three vertical dots to view the contact list.
Note from Rita Chisum, about HAT photo project
March 8, 2022: Introducing Rose Lisk, new Office of Field Operations Administrative Assistant
We are excited to welcome Rose Lisk as our new part-time Office of Field Operations Administrative Assistant. Rose has worked as an Administrative Assistant for many years in both the private sector and higher education. She holds degrees in Philosophy and Student Affairs. Rose lives in Michigan with her husband, two kids, and dog. To contact her, email firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
March 1, 2022: Money available for sending postcards!
The Office of Field Operations recently raised $7,500 to support sending postcards to people across America about Braver Angels! Would your alliance or state like to use some of these funds to do a mailing? The funds can support expenses such as postcard design & printing, postage, and purchasing mailing lists. If your alliance is interested in utilizing some of these funds, please fill out this request form. UPDATE April 19, 2022: Thank you for your submissions! We will choose four pilot groups from current submissions and keep you updated on the results.
Raise Money for Your Field Unit
Individuals can now make donations of any size to a specific Alliance, State, or Region via this link. Eighty percent will then be allocated to that Field Unit. You can see how much money your Field Unit has raised in the Fundraising Ledger. The link to donate is now available on the Alliances page of the Braver Angels website.