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.

  • Next Steps: The Year Ahead
    Looking ahead, here’s how we expect The Pluribus Project to unfold — recognizing that these stages will likely overlap and move forward more iteratively than this timeline suggests: FALL 2015: Sharpen focus This fall, through small working sessions and one-on-one interviews with collaboratory members, we will leverage the collective wisdom of our networks to sharpen our focus, improve our identification of opportunities for innovation, and begin fleshing out new ventures in each problem area that align with our analysis and excite the interest of our domain experts and entrepreneurs. WINTER 2015-2016: Develop venture portfolios and channel investments In the ... (Read More)
    Source: The Pluribus ProjectPublished on 2015-09-03By PluribusNews
  • Current Activities: Summer 2015
    The leadership team is currently focusing on two priorities: recruiting participants for the two collaboratory processes around which the Pluribus Project is organized (a Representation Collaboratory that will concentrate on strategies to promote political campaign practices that encourage elected officials to feel beholden to a broad cross-section of constituents, and a Narrative Collaboratory that will explore innovative strategies for advancing a narrative of citizen agency that counters today’s disheartening narrative of civic powerlessness); and preparing an analytical framework for catalyzing and accelerating innovation in each of the project’s two problem areas. Collaboratory Recruitment We anticipate that our collaboratories will evolve ... (Read More)
    Source: The Pluribus ProjectPublished on 2015-09-03By PluribusNews
  • The greatest history lessons are those we have yet to learn
    Author: Jessica DeBruinAugust 31, 2015I can’t quite remember at what age I realized I wasn’t “white.” I grew up in a largely Italian American community. As an ethnically ambiguous person I was often afforded white skin privilege. For the most part people seemed to assume I was Italian, and if they didn’t, not many people spoke about it. In some respects this protected me from outright bigotry. It also meant a sort of erasure of my own cultural identity. But passing as white did not make me immune to the offensive and outright racist comments that inevitably came up. It was ... (Read More)
    Source: Everyday DemocracyPublished on 2015-08-06By rebecca
  • Where did all the people go? One reason you’re getting a low turnout at community engagement events and 10 things you can do about it
    Author: Rebecca ReyesAugust 11, 2015If you’ve ever organized or attended a community event like a town hall meeting, a meet and greet with your lawmaker or a public forum and were surprised that not many people showed up, you’re not alone. It sometimes seems like people are too busy or don’t care enough to take action. That’s probably true for some people. But for others, they’re tired of spending their time in programs or at events where people don’t value their opinion. They don’t want to participate in something that has a low chance of making any difference. No one does. ... (Read More)
    Source: Everyday DemocracyPublished on 2015-07-28By rebecca
  • A New Affiliation with The Aspen Institute
    We’re excited to announce that the Pluribus Project has negotiated a partnership with the DC-based The Aspen Institute. Under the terms of this highly unusual agreement, Pluribus is designated a “special initiative” with Aspen. The affiliation reflects the close alignment between the values and goals of the Pluribus Project and those of key Aspen Institute leadership and policy programs. It also reflects a shared commitment to pursuing innovative, nonpartisan solutions to complex contemporary problems. Our partnership with Aspen was formally launched at the Institute’s high-profile Ideas Festival — a prestigious gathering held every summer in Aspen, CO. At this year’s ... (Read More)
    Source: The Pluribus ProjectPublished on 2015-07-25By PluribusNews
  • Expansion of the Pluribus Leadership Team
    Two new members have been added to the Pluribus leadership team. Both are leading lights in the democracy field and both have strong networks in the private sector as well as in the nonprofit, advocacy, and political arenas. We’re already benefiting from their impressive domain expertise, creativity, and entrepreneurial spirit. Eric Liu | Executive Director, Aspen Program for Citizenship & American Identity As part of the Pluribus Project’s arrangement with Aspen, Eric Liu, executive director of the Aspen Institute Citizenship & American Identity Program, will direct our Narrative Collaboratory. Eric is a highly regarded civics educator and founder of the ... (Read More)
    Source: The Pluribus ProjectPublished on 2015-06-15By PluribusNews
  • Creating spaces for community voices in Baltimore and across the country
    April 29, 2015Many unanswered questions surround the death of Freddie Gray. What we do know is that people are crying out to have a voice, to make change. What happened to Freddie Gray, Michael Brown, Eric Garner, and others are not isolated incidents – they illustrate the systemic nature of the divide between community members and the police. Across the country in public institutions such as policing, education, housing, and health care, there are chronic disparities that run along racial lines. These result from the marginalization of people of color, which is part of our nation's historic relationship to communities ... (Read More)
    Source: Everyday DemocracyPublished on 2015-04-29By rebecca
  • Recruiting webinar recording and resources
    April 9, 2015Webinar recording   Presentation slides   Related resources Recruitment strategy worksheet Use these worksheets to help your group design a strategy for reaching out and getting new volunteers and participants.     Writing a vision statement meeting agenda This is an exercise to help your coalition create a shared idea about what you hope to accomplish together.     Activity to explore community demographics Use this exercise to help your coalition make a list of the diverse people and groups in your community. This list is helpful for recruitment and communications purposes, to help your efforts be inclusive. ... (Read More)
    Source: Everyday DemocracyPublished on 2015-04-09By rebecca
  • America the Invisible
    America the Invisible: Anybody Out There? What the Transpartisan Movement Means for Millions of Americans Rebecca Nunziato February 2015 As far as the electorate goes, 2014 was a rough year ““ headlines left and right frantically shouting that it was the lowest turnout since WWII (just 36.4% of eligible voters turned out in 2014)[1]. The numbers certainly are grim; they leave us calling out into the void, “anybody out there?” What is this void? Well, like all things political and social, it is a complex product of variables. Causes range from vulnerability to values; polls blame political ignorance and indifference ... (Read More)
    Source: Mediators FoundationPublished on 2015-03-24By Becca Nunziato
  • Global Citizens, Part I
    Mark Gerzon Published by Kosmos, Fall/Winter 2009 Tong Shan University, Zhuhai, China, May 12, 2008 “Why do the people in France hate us?” a second year student, one of almost three hundred seated in the large lecture hall, asked me. “They tried to attack the Olympic torch when it was passing through Paris. Is that because they don’t like our country?” For a split second, I was speechless. I knew the answer to the Chinese student’s question. So, I imagine, do you. The answer was: the French demonstrators were particularly angry about the Chinese government’s crackdown in Tibet, as ... (Read More)
    Source: Mediators FoundationPublished on 2015-03-24By Becca Nunziato
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