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.

  • Finding Strength in Children
    Lauren Cunningham is blogger and member of the Institute who is passionate about forming community and believes that our sense of community is vital in making meaningful strides toward the collective hopes and dreams we have for our children and their future. You can find more of her writing at Things I Teach My Children. How daunting it is to raise children in a society so fraught with conflict. When our differences are more pronounced than our similarities and the future seems all too uncertain, it’s difficult to know how to guide our children toward their roles as responsible citizens amidst a bitterly ... (Read More)
    Source: ICGPublished on 2016-12-06By Guest Blogger
  • Finding Strength in Children
    Lauren Cunningham is blogger and member of the Institute who is passionate about forming community and believes that our sense of community is vital in making meaningful strides toward the collective hopes and dreams we have for our children and their future. You can find more of her writing at Things I Teach My Children. How daunting it is to raise children in a society so fraught with conflict. When our differences are more pronounced than our similarities and the future seems all too uncertain, it’s difficult to know how to guide our children toward their roles as responsible citizens amidst a bitterly ... (Read More)
    Source: ICGPublished on 2016-12-06By Guest Blogger
  • Event: Strategic Planning
    You made it through the election and you're gearing up for next year. Now what do you do? Developing a strategic plan can provide staff focus in their work, clarity on the Member’s goals, and help to achieve tangible accomplishments. This hands-on workshop on December 16  will teach you how to use a strategic planning model specially designed for congressional offices.  ... (Read More)
    Source: CMFPublished on 2016-12-06
  • Upcoming Event: Strategic Planning
    You made it through the election and you're gearing up for next year. Now what do you do? Developing a strategic plan can provide staff focus in their work, clarity on the Member’s goals, and help to achieve tangible accomplishments. This hands-on workshop will teach you how to use a strategic planning model specially designed for congressional offices.  ... (Read More)
    Source: CMFPublished on 2016-12-06
  • The Road Forward: Engaging Stakeholders After the 2016 Election
    Many Americans were rocked by our unprecedented November election. At Future 500, we spent most of the year preparing for any scenario– we did not bet on the Republican victory, but we did anticipate the electoral possibility. We’re entering a period of profound uncertainty as our new leadership takes shape. We’ll likely ring in the year hanging on fundamental questions about our national identity. Our future is cloudy. Our Challenge has never been clearer: Collaborate. Commit our resources and influence to build bridges toward a healthy economy and a healthy environment. The two are interdependent; their health enables widespread ... (Read More)
    Source: Future500Published on 2016-12-05By Matt Stites
  • 7 Mistakes to Avoid When Setting Up a Congressional Office
    Tip O'Neill once said, "It's easier to run for office than to run the office." Running a campaign and creating a congressional office are vastly different tasks. Setting up a House or Senate office includes all the challenges of starting a small business with all the red tape of a bureaucracy. During the past 40 years the Congressional Management Foundation has helped thousands of new members of Congress and their staffs set up freshman offices. Here are 7 mistakes to avoid. ... (Read More)
    Source: CMFPublished on 2016-12-05
  • Letter From the President
      Families, friends and a clash of worldviews. How was your Thanksgiving?  I had a wonderful gathering with family and friends. At the end of the holiday week, I was exhausted. Not just by the extra effort of cooking, cleaning and entertaining.  Also by the extra effort to not upset the worldview of my family members. They are very uncomfortable talking about politics or any national issues. And of course, that means that most of my life is “off-limits” for discussion. AARGH!!! As I relayed my holiday story to my friends, I realized that what my family is protecting is ... (Read More)
    Source: Coffee Party USAPublished on 2016-12-03
  • The Art + Science of The Village Square:
    The Model Almost a decade into our work at the Village Square, we’ve made a decision to become more intentional about sharing the theoretical and academic foundations behind our work product. We’re doing that because we think that our strategy isn’t always the most natural direction for those pursuing a more civil political environment, but we’re confident it’s the right one. It’s almost reflex to think that if only people had better information we’d be able to rationally navigate our way to resolving disagreement through statesmanship. That assumption then leads to the presumption that more facts, more analysis, and more ... (Read More)
    Source: The Village SquarePublished on 2016-12-03By Liz Joyner
  • Volunteer of the Month: Elisabeth Parker
      Elisabeth Parker Originally from New York, Elisabeth Parker has spent time in Boston, San Diego and San Francisco and now resides in Tacoma, Washington with her husband and 14 year old daughter.   Elisabeth met her husband in California, and last year, they moved to Tacoma.  Elisabeth is an artist, a techie, a web designer and a blogger for several online liberal news sites. Elisabeth joined the Coffee Party in 2014.  She was attracted to our Join The Coffee Party Movement Facebook Page and was drawn to the idea of a safe place where people with different perspectives can meet ... (Read More)
    Source: Coffee Party USAPublished on 2016-12-03
  • Board Development Work Group/Volunteer Coordination
      By Leah Spitzer, Coffee Party Volunteer Coordinator As both the Work Group Chair for Board Development and the Volunteer Coordinator, I have the pleasure of meeting our volunteers as they join, and then watching them develop into strong volunteers and eventually, in some cases, leadership positions.   November brought us  an inpouring of volunteer sign ups. People are ready to get engaged and involved.   I scheduled more Orientation Calls, with bigger turnouts than ever before.  I’ve been keeping busy and I love it. The enthusiasm and commitment is contagious.  While much of it can be connected to the election, ... (Read More)
    Source: Coffee Party USAPublished on 2016-12-03
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