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.

  • Get An Early Start on 2020 – Host a Super Voter Treasure Box!
    Take ActionThe 2020 election is more than a year away, but families across the country are telling us that they can’t wait to vote! One of the voting challenges we hear most often is that it can be hard to wait in long polling place lines with children. That’s why we couldn’t be more excited to announce the launch of our Super Voter Treasure Boxes for 2020! The treasure boxes come fully stocked with bubbles, small toys, stickers, tattoos, and all sorts of fun stuff to keep the kids occupied while parents and caregivers wait in line. These were a huge ... (Read More)
    Source: Moms RisingPublished on 2019-10-04By Dorie Klein
  • ‘We must not be enemies‘
    By Christopher Braunschweig, Newton Daily News A two-time challenger of Iowa’s second congressional district seat is traveling through all 99 counties in the state to encourage elected officials and the electorate to work together with the opposite party and end the pervasive political polarization that continues to overwhelm day-to-day conversations and social media news feeds. Former candidate Dr. Christopher Peters, who unsuccessfully campaigned against incumbent Congressman Dave Loebsack, is a volunteer for the Better Angels Iowa Outreach Project, whose mission is to promote civil dialogue between elected and constituent party members, especially in a time where civil discourse seems to ... (Read More)
    Source: Better AngelsPublished on 2019-10-03By Better Angels
  • How to Respectfully Disagree
    By Emma Benson, The Daily Universe “No offense, but … ” “I don’t want to be rude, but … ” “Don’t take this personally … ” Is it obvious what might come next? Despite good intentions, these commonly-used phrases may lead to offense. Whether it’s a conversation with a family member or a friend, a classmate or a co-worker, everyone has varying opinions and beliefs. Is there a good way to disagree with someone while still being respectful of their thoughts and opinions? BYU persuasive writing professor Erin Blackmun teaches her students that sharing their opinions with each other is ... (Read More)
    Source: Better AngelsPublished on 2019-10-03By Better Angels
  • How Instant Runoff Voting Works And Why It’s Helpful
    For many reasons, Take Back Our Republic is a strong supporter of Instant Runoffs (also called Ranked Choice Voting). For states that currently have runoffs,  it can eliminate the need for voters to return to the polls almost two months later for a runoff to save money. For states without runoffs, it encourages more ideas, more civil campaigns, and more representative results because candidates know launching vicious attacks makes it hard to get to 50% + 1. We truly believe it’s a nuanced idea that can yield a powerful impact. Make no mistake about it. Take Back Our Republic ... (Read More)
    Source: Take Back Our RepublicPublished on 2019-10-03By Admin
  • Voices for Healthy Kids SNAP Incentives Series: Making Nutritious Produce Available in Hawaii
    From Voices For Healthy Kids, an intiative of the American Heart Association with support from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, working to make each day healthier for all children.   Every day, in communities across America, people with low wages face difficult tradeoffs when trying to cover the necessary expenses of daily life. These tradeoffs include balancing the costs of housing, health care, child care and transportation as well as the ongoing struggle to afford healthy food. In some neighborhoods, there may be very few or no places to buy healthy food, adding time and transit expenses to the price of groceries. ... (Read More)
    Source: Moms RisingPublished on 2019-10-03By Stephanie Vaughn
  • Book Review: The Democracy Fix, by Caroline Fredrickson
    The Democracy Fix. Caroline Fredrickson. The New Press. 2019 In The Democracy Fix, author Caroline Fredrickson highlights current flaws with American democracy including gerrymandering, campaign finance issues, voter suppression, and access to courts. Notably, however, Fredrickson, the president of the American Constitution Society, overlooks nonpartisan solutions that would benefit all voters. Instead, her partisan take primarily critiques the Republican Party and relies on the implicit premise that reform depends upon the Democrats winning power back. While most readers can agree that there are problems with our democracy, people who don’t support the above argument will likely have reservations concerning her ... (Read More)
    Source: Fair VotePublished on 2019-10-03
  • Register for Next Week’s Online Facilitation Unconference!
    The sixth Online Facilitation Unconference (OFU) is happening on Oct 7-13, 2019! This digital gathering is hosted by the Center for Applied Community Engagement LLC, and is a great opportunity for anyone interested in virtual facilitation – no previous experience needed! OFU is part of the International Facilitation Week and members of the International Association of Facilitators (IAF) can receive a 30% discount! This global event is happening next week so make sure you register and get your tickets ASAP! Follow OFU on Twitter with the hashtag #OFU19 for more #FacWeek updates. You can read the announcement below for more info or find the original ... (Read More)
    Source: National Coalition for Dialogue & DeliberationPublished on 2019-10-03By Keiva Hummel
  • Who Dominates Dark Money Spending?
    According to a variety of polls from the Associated Press/University of Chicago Center for Public Affairs Research, The New York Times and the Center for Public Integrity/Ipsos, both Democrat and Republican voters believe the wealthy disproportionately affect elections with their donations and that there should be more campaign finance disclosures and laws to increase campaign finance transparency. To read the article in it’s entirety click here. The post Who Dominates Dark Money Spending? appeared first on Take Back Our Republic. ... (Read More)
    Source: Take Back Our RepublicPublished on 2019-10-02By Admin
  • Politicians & Public Participation — Tackling a Quintessential Design Problem
    For a few weeks in September, we had the pleasure of hosting a visiting undergraduate student, Jillian Gilburne, who is a senior at Northwestern University studying political science, communication studies, and human-centered design. In an effort to better understand what motivates local officials to take on the challenge of achieving equitable, representative public engagement, Jillian came to Oregon to interview civil servants across a handful of cities that we have interacted with in the past. As she wrapped up her stint in Oregon, Jillian shared her thoughts on the research process and the importance of deliberation in her blog post, ... (Read More)
    Source: Healthy DemocracyPublished on 2019-10-02By Kelly Coates
  • NEW REPORTS: 360 Civic Learning Toolkit and Literature Review to enhance civic learning in underserved communities
    Understanding the keys and barriers to the development of youth as civic actors At Generation Citizen, we envision an equitable democracy in which every person has equal representation and is capable of forceful articulation and advocacy in public . It is our mission to achieve this vision by preparing youth, and particularly those from historically underserved communities, for lifelong civic participation. We primarily do this by ensuring, through program and policy, that every student in the country receives an Action Civics education. However, we recognize that young people experience a distinct variety of influences – including and beyond civics class ... (Read More)
    Source: Generation CitizenPublished on 2019-10-02By Dana Harris
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