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.

  • Selections: What We Learned
    On November 1, 2015, at 11:59pm Eastern, we closed the application period for our first class of Congressional Innovation Fellows.  During our October recruitment sprint, 213 technologists applied for the program. Knowing that our fellows would likely be quitting jobs and moving to Washington, we set a goal of choosing and sending offers to our first class of fellows by close of business on Friday, November 20th.  In the days between November 1 and November 20, we conducted three rounds of selections, including one round of interviews with finalists and a series of reference checks.  It was harried couple weeks.  But ... (Read More)
    Source: Tech CongressPublished on 2016-04-05By Travis Moore
  • Joining the CivicX Accelerator
    I couldn’t be more excited: TechCongress has been selected for the Points of Light Civic Accelerator!  The program (CivicX for short) is unique because it’s focused on helping organizations that are tackling public-interest problems.  The accelerator provides expert training and mentoring from successful startup entrepreneurs, connection with other founders and a network of partners and a $50k potential investment for the top two organizations.  TechCongress will be one of 15 startups participating in the program, which will run over ten weeks starting on April 11.  As some might remember, last summer I participated in the Kick Accelerator program at the ... (Read More)
    Source: Tech CongressPublished on 2016-03-31By Travis Moore
  • Reflecting on Civility on Our Eighteenth Anniversary
    On April Fool’s Day of 1998, we launched the Institute for Civility in Government by walking the halls of Congress and introducing ourselves and the newly-formed organization we had been planning since the previous fall. We were met with laughter, puzzlement, bemusement, confusion, politeness, and in some offices – real interest. While some people who knew us and had been to Washington, D.C. with us immediately jumped on board with their membership and support, most people – both in D.C. and back home – wondered why we were concerned about civility. Some even asked us what the word meant. Eighteen ... (Read More)
    Source: ICGPublished on 2016-03-31By Institute Staff
  • Reflecting on Civility on Our Eighteenth Anniversary
    On April Fool’s Day of 1998, we launched the Institute for Civility in Government by walking the halls of Congress and introducing ourselves and the newly-formed organization we had been planning since the previous fall. We were met with laughter, puzzlement, bemusement, confusion, politeness, and in some offices – real interest. While some people who knew us and had been to Washington, D.C. with us immediately jumped on board with their membership and support, most people – both in D.C. and back home – wondered why we were concerned about civility. Some even asked us what the word meant. Eighteen ... (Read More)
    Source: ICGPublished on 2016-03-31By Institute Staff
  • Supreme Court Nominee Merrick Garland’s Pattern of Civility
    The Institute does not endorse candidates or policies, and it certainly doesn’t endorse nominees for judicial appointments. But from time to time, as we read the news, we’ll see something from a public figure – or about a public figure – that’s profoundly heartening. It has happened over the past several months with both Bernie Sanders and Chris Christie, who have each had exemplary moments of civility. And it’s happening again right now, as we learn more about D.C. Circuit Court judge and newly-minted Supreme Court nominee Merrick Garland. In an interview after the nomination, NPR legal correspondent Nina ... (Read More)
    Source: ICGPublished on 2016-03-24By Adam Zolkover
  • Supreme Court Nominee Merrick Garland’s Pattern of Civility
    The Institute does not endorse candidates or policies, and it certainly doesn’t endorse nominees for judicial appointments. But from time to time, as we read the news, we’ll see something from a public figure – or about a public figure – that’s profoundly heartening. It has happened over the past several months with both Bernie Sanders and Chris Christie, who have each had exemplary moments of civility. And it’s happening again right now, as we learn more about D.C. Circuit Court judge and newly-minted Supreme Court nominee Merrick Garland. In an interview after the nomination, NPR legal correspondent Nina ... (Read More)
    Source: ICGPublished on 2016-03-24By Adam Zolkover
  • SXSW, and Working Within Institutions
    Last week I attended South By Southwest Interactive.   I’d never been to the conference-- or a conference focused on technology generally, rather than technology policy specifically.  The broader audience was good for me-- I was exposed to new ideas and people; people that aren’t part of the regular gov-tech conference circle that include the Code for America Summit, Personal Democracy Forum, and Netroots Nation. I was there officially to serve on a panel titled The Emerging Millennial Consensus on Tech Policy.  Our panel was part of a series of events focused on the intersection of tech and politics organized by ... (Read More)
    Source: Tech CongressPublished on 2016-03-21By Travis Moore
  • I hope you had a great Spring Break …now let’s get back to work!
    March Madness is certainly here, but I’m betting a fair number of you are still on Spring Break. So if you are off where the weather is nice, it’s completely acceptable to leave this email in your inbox until you get back next week. But don’t wait too long, because the end of the school year is just around the corner. It’s time to get ready for that last push of voter engagement before everyone heads home for the summer! Looking for ideas? Check out our New Partner Spotlight and the referral codes section from the Voter Engagement Toolkit to ... (Read More)
    Source: Democracy WorksPublished on 2016-03-17By Brandon Naylor
  • It All Starts with Water …
    Water is a vital resource for all of us, yet not everyone has access to clean drinkable water. On March 22, World Water Day is observed by millions of people around the globe every year. It’s a perfect time to learn more about water-related issues especially how the quantity and the quality of water can change people’s lives. Here’s an example of how water can impact the lives of out-of-school girls by giving them the opportunity to pursue an education. In Kenya, Sabore’s Well is transforming the lives of the Maasai community. In rural villages where local clean water is ... (Read More)
    Source: Educate Girls GloballyPublished on 2016-03-15By Therese Hjelm
  • Recruitment: What We Learned
    TechCongress is committed to measuring outcomes, learning from missteps, and building an open and transparent organization.  As part of that commitment, we’re starting a series of posts describing What We Learned from our first year of the organization and the Congressional Innovation Fellowship.   Over the next few months, we’ll be sharing some of these insights to help buttress our own learning process and help others that may follow in our footsteps.Each post will be based on our own internal After Action Review (AAR), which we are conducting after every major activity of TechCongress.   I first learned about AARs from a ... (Read More)
    Source: Tech CongressPublished on 2016-03-10By Travis Moore
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