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.

  • How to give MORE money to the causes you love
    Reposted from Like many people, the end-of-year holiday season is one of my favorites times of the year. I relish spending quality time with my loved ones, decorating my house, and feasting on fun foods I only make at this time of year.  But as a professional fundraiser, this time of year is extra special for me. That’s because this is when so many of you choose to make gifts to improve the communities you live in. And not just to The Center for Election Science, but to a whole host of worthy causes. It makes my heart swell ... (Read More)
    Source: Bridge AlliancePublished on 2019-11-12
  • SB 1970 makes its way to Illinois Governor
    In some form or another, everything we do is aimed at encouraging more participation – by citizens – in our democratic process, and that’s why we are exciting to see such a bill progressing in Illinois. Senate Bill 1970 has passed the legislature in Illinois and is ready for Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s signature. The bill requires schools to grant a 2 hour window – within timeframes allowed by the school – for students to vote in the 15 days of early voting leading up to an election. It passed 74-40 in the House. For more information, see: While it ... (Read More)
    Source: Take Back Our RepublicPublished on 2019-11-12By Admin
  • God Squad: “The Benedict Option.”
    Interested in this topic? Register for our November 22nd God Squad program here. One of our early insights about building bridges across the partisan divide is that people of faith felt disconnected from the civic conversation in the public square. From that realization came “The God Squad,” a politically diverse group of clergy from across faith perspectives engaged in ongoing conversations about the topics your mother told you to never discuss in polite company — faith and politics. Our most heartfelt intention for The Village Square was to create a rich public square, embracing the diversity of background and ... (Read More)
    Source: The Village SquarePublished on 2019-11-12By Liz Joyner
  • Reminder to Register for Thursday’s Confab Feat EvDem!
    Remember to join us this Thursday for our exciting (and free) November Confab Call, featuring our good friends at Everyday Democracy. They will share with us their resources for evaluating community engagement, specifically Ripple Effects Mapping, which allows visual documentation of your work’s impacts over time. Dialogue can lead to many positive changes in communities, but direct impacts can be tough to track over time.  Yet we all know how useful data about impact is to funders and partners, and for improving our work going forward. Ripple Effects Mapping (REM) allows you and those you work with to capture longer-term impacts your ... (Read More)
    Source: National Coalition for Dialogue & DeliberationPublished on 2019-11-12By Keiva Hummel
  • How UAlbanyVotes Built a Brand and a Stronger Democracy with TurboVote
    During the 2017 election, Cheryl Simmons sat at a table outside University at Albany (UAlbany), State University of New York’s on-campus polling location, addressing voters’ last-minute concerns. Over the course of the day, she counted each person who walked in to cast a ballot—around thirty, if that. UAlbanyVotesAmericanFlag&Signups.jpg The following year, Cheryl sat at the same table. This time, however, it proved impossible to count each of the hundreds of voters that streamed into the polling place. Even though the 2018 elections had a higher profile, that alone didn’t account for the ... (Read More)
    Source: Democracy WorksPublished on 2019-11-11By Surbhi Bir
  • 11/11/19 – DEA Data Show Kentucky Has Highest Rate of Illicit Marijuana Plants in US - Kentucky, where both recreational and medical marijuana are illegal, grows more illicit marijuana plants per 100,000 people than any other state, according to DEA data analyzed by American Addiction Centers. In 2018, the DEA eradicated 418,076 cannabis plants in Kentucky, about 9,356 plants per 100,000 people. ... (Read More)
    Source: ProCon.orgPublished on 2019-11-11
  • MANY New Job & Internship Opportunities in the D&D Field
    There are LOTS of new jobs and internships related to dialogue, deliberation, civic tech, and public engagement work! We work to stay up on the most recent opportunities and send them out via the NCDD Making-A-Living listserv. While the Making-A-Living listserv is a benefit of being an NCDD member, we have been finding such a robust line-up of jobs and internships that we wanted to lift these up here on the blog. If you’d like to receive these regular updates and are an NCDD member, sign up for the Making-A-Living listserv here. If you are not a member of NCDD, ... (Read More)
    Source: National Coalition for Dialogue & DeliberationPublished on 2019-11-11By Keiva Hummel
  • Cops and Teachers: Underappreciated Public Servants
    There is an anti-authoritarian streak in American culture that many of us love, at least in some of its forms. This is hardly surprising in a country whose creation began with a revolt against taxes. But on top of that, our history of exploring frontiers, our admiration for entrepreneurs and self-made men, our reverence for people who break rules (even if those individuals are not always celebrated in their own time), is pretty unusual among modern, wealthy democracies. This defiant attitude isn’t limited to the rich and powerful members of our society, people with the resources (and often the sense ... (Read More)
    Source: Better AngelsPublished on 2019-11-08By Michael D. Purzycki
  • Top #5Actions of the Past Week: November 8, 2019
    Happy Friday! Did you vote this week? When moms RISE, things happen. Big things. This year, to get out the vote for the Virginia elections, moms sent a massive number of GOTV texts & hand-written postcards to low frequency mom voters, made videos to inspire other moms to vote, shared stories, became Beacons of Hope in local communities, delivered so much strategic direct mail, reached out to infrequent mom voters with millions of impressions on social media, held more than 22 events at polling locations with games and fun for kids so moms could be voters & raise voters, met on ... (Read More)
    Source: Moms RisingPublished on 2019-11-08By Karen Showalter
  • Deputy Director Justin Hill featured in The Fulcrum
    A gerrymandering dirty dozen: What experts see as the House’s worst districts How do you know when you’ve seen a gerrymandered district? Maybe it looks like a duck or a snake, or a pair of earmuffs. Or maybe there’s no obvious sign that the mapmakers played games with the contours in order to ensure a particular electoral outcome inside those boundaries. We asked half a dozen people who have studied the way American political maps are drawn to reveal their best examples of the most flagrant current gerrymandering. Of course, there are plenty of ways to approach that task. In ... (Read More)
    Source: Take Back Our RepublicPublished on 2019-11-08By Admin
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