News from the Community

The following news items are an aggregation of RSS feeds taken from over 60 websites across the web.  They represent member organizations from the National Coalition for Dialogue & Deliberation, the Bridge Alliance, and supporting organizations of the Transpartisan Review.  Although not all items reflect transpartisan news and opinion, the following feed offers an interesting snapshot of the work of organizations who pursue a mission of sharing meaningful ideas and lasting solutions to our most pressing problems.

  • Dispatch: Diversifying With Idiots
    What’s the number one problem facing our country? In an October 2018 poll by the Pew Research Center, the most popular choices included health care, ethics in government, drug addiction, gun violence, the federal budget deficit, and the gap between the rich and the poor. But, in my view, none of those is even close. The number one problem is the one that makes it impossible to make much progress on any of the others: polarization. I’m one of the first Baby Boomers, so I’ve been around for awhile, and I’ve never seen polarization like this, to the point where ... (Read More)
    Source: Better AngelsPublished on 2019-08-20By Donald Byrd
  • Article: A Place to Go
    Source: Digital CitizenPublished on 2019-08-20By Digital Citizen
  • Increase Your Political Impact Ahead of 2020
    Each week the AIT community receives #TakeActionTuesday with tips for creating impactful change in their community and beyond. From new online tools, to pending policy updates, subscribe today to make sure you don’t miss these action-oriented recommendations. Last week, AIT released our National Political Engagement Survey detailing a number of important findings including voter motivations going into the 2020 election, perceptions of female candidates, and how individuals plan to get politically engaged. According to the survey, although two-thirds of respondents say that they are more motivated to vote going into 2020, only 1 in 10 plans to increase their political participation ahead of the ... (Read More)
    Source: All In TogetherPublished on 2019-08-20By Priya Elangovan
  • A business leader’s perspective: Why should organizations adopt second-chance hiring?
    By Emily Mooney. Reposted from RStreet.org. Jeffrey Korzenik is not your average banker. As the chief investment strategist and senior vice president at Fifth Third Bank, he is in charge of supervising the allocation of over $30 billion in investment assets on behalf of the bank’s clients. In addition to this not-so-meager task, he serves as the bank’s de facto economist. But what makes Korzenik truly unique is his passion for promoting second-chance hiring—the hiring of individuals with criminal records. “You can’t manage investments well without understanding the economy, and you can’t understand the economy without understanding workforce dynamics.” According ... (Read More)
    Source: Bridge AlliancePublished on 2019-08-20
  • Dispatch: To Decrease Polarization More People Need to “Come Out”
    Political polarization has seemingly reached a boiling point.  The last few years have given us a congressman shot at a pickup softball game, politicians and figures in the media receiving explosive devices in the mail, college students punched for their political views, death threats galore, and harassment of public people in public places.  What can be done? Upon arriving at the first Better Angels convention in 2018, I was given a nametag with a red lanyard to signify that I “lean conservative or tend to vote Republican.”  Later, inside a packed chapel filled with equal numbers of people wearing red ... (Read More)
    Source: Better AngelsPublished on 2019-08-20By Greg Steinbrecher
  • 8/20/19 – Social Media Increases Teen Girls’ Exposure to Bullying
    socialnetworking.procon.org - Social media takes a toll on the health of teen girls due to increased exposure to cyberbullying and because the time they spend on social media detracts from sleep and exercise, according to a study published in The Lancet Child and Adolescent Health. ... (Read More)
    Source: ProCon.orgPublished on 2019-08-20
  • Decision to Fire Officer Pantaleo Was ‘Long Overdue’
    RAVThe New York City Police Department took a step forward yesterday by finally firing Officer Daniel Pantaleo, who murdered Eric Garner more than five years ago by using an illegal chokehold and then ignoring Garner’s repeated pleas for help. But the 11 other police officers who were on the scene or supervising share responsibility for Garner’s murder. Some of them stood by while Pantaleo choked Garner to death or lied to help cover up this crime – and none has been charged or even disciplined by the police department. So the accountability must not stop here. While Daniel Pantaleo lost ... (Read More)
    Source: Moms RisingPublished on 2019-08-20By Monifa Bandele
  • Decision to Fire Officer Panteleo Was ‘Long Overdue’
    RAVThe New York City Police Department took a step forward yesterday by finally firing Officer Daniel Panteleo, who murdered Eric Garner more than five years ago by using an illegal chokehold and then ignoring Garner’s repeated pleas for help. But the 11 other police officers who were on the scene or supervising share responsibility for Garner’s murder. Some of them stood by while Panteleo choked Garner to death or lied to help cover up this crime – and none has been charged or even disciplined by the police department. So the accountability must not stop here. While Daniel Panteleo lost ... (Read More)
    Source: Moms RisingPublished on 2019-08-20By Monifa Bandele
  • The National Civic Review is Seeking Article Submissions!
    The National Civic Review, an online quarterly published by the NCDD member organization the National Civic League, is looking for articles on community-based examples of civic engagement, public deliberation, co-production, and democratic innovation. Articles run between 1200 and 3000 words. Deadlines for submissions are: Fall 2019 issue                 September 20, 2019. Winter 2020 issue            December 15, 2019 Spring 2020 Issue             March 15, 2019 If you are looking to add your article to the Fall issue of NCR, please make sure you submit by the deadline on Friday, September 20th, which is a little over ... (Read More)
    Source: National Coalition for Dialogue & DeliberationPublished on 2019-08-20By Keiva Hummel
  • Dispatch- Employing BA Methods in the University Classroom
    By Joaquin Munoz I have been a Better Angels moderator since the fall of 2017, when I trained under Bill Doherty to learn how I could help depolarize America. As a teacher, I was deeply drawn to developing skills of facilitating challenging conversations with people. As I completed the training, and began to facilitate Skills Workshops and Red/Blue Workshops, I continuously came back to the idea that this work would be greatly beneficial to students. As a teacher, I was certain that this kind of work would be hugely beneficial to students. I was also interested in helping to bring ... (Read More)
    Source: Better AngelsPublished on 2019-08-20By Better Angels
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