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.

  • Meet Jason, Our New Director of Advancement
    Jason Smith has been a student of the humanities since he was a teenager. He took civics and ethics courses in high school. Even though he entered the University of Michigan as an engineering student, he gravitated away from the sciences and majored in English. Given his long-standing interest in civic engagement and his passion for the Midwest, it’s no wonder Jason joined Illinois Humanities. We recently sat down with Jason to talk about where he’s been and what excites him about joining the Illinois Humanities staff – we even talked a bit about his love of Chicago jazz.   ... (Read More)
    Source: IHPublished on 2017-05-09By Colin Smith
  • Lessons on Non-Hierarchical Decision Making from Our Confab with Loomio
    On Thursday of last week, NCDD hosted another one of our Confab Call events with over 40 people from our network. The call featured Rich Bartlett and MJ Kaplan of the Loomio cooperative who talked about their experience with decision making in non-hierarchical organizations. If you missed this Confab Call, you missed a great event! We had a lively conversation on how non-hierarchical organizations can be structured, how decisions are made (spoiler alert: deliberatively!), and how work flows can be managed in ways that don’t require anyone to be “the boss.” Rich and MJ also shared interesting reflections on what they’ve been learning on ... (Read More)
    Source: National Coalition for Dialogue & DeliberationPublished on 2017-05-09By Roshan Bliss
  • Before walking away from Paris agreement, Trump should listen to the People
    President Donald J. Trump announced that he will make a decision this week on whether to have the United States formally withdraw from the international agreement on climate that the U.S. signed in Paris in 2016. Voice of the People (VOP) President Steven Kull says Mr. Trump should consider the fact that seven-in-ten Americans support […] ... (Read More)
    Source: Voice Of the PeoplePublished on 2017-05-08By client
  • Before walking away from Paris agreement, Trump should listen to the People
    President Donald J. Trump announced that he will make a decision this week on whether to have the United States formally withdraw from the international agreement on climate that the U.S. signed in Paris in 2016. Voice of the People (VOP) President Steven Kull says Mr. Trump should consider the fact that seven-in-ten Americans support […] ... (Read More)
    Source: Published on 2017-05-08By client
  • Heather McGhee and Matt Kibbe — Repairing the Breach
    Source: American Public SquarePublished on 2017-05-07By Sami Dowd
  • Why Did Activists Try to Read the Entire Tax Code in a Day?
    On April 18, representatives of the Tax Revolution Institute gathered in front of IRS headquarters in Washington, DC, to stage possibly the most civil protest anyone has ever witnessed. The idea was simple… ridiculous and simple. Read the tax code. That’s it. Just read it. No pitchforks and torches were necessary for these activists — just an armchair, a canopy to block out the sun, a live-streaming video camera, and 74,000 pages of pure, unadulterated US tax code. But why do it? Of course, the only reason why doing such a thing is considered ridiculous in the first place ... (Read More)
    Source: Tax Revolution InstitutePublished on 2017-05-05By Guillermo Jimenez
  • Transpartisan Review Blog #44
    Broadway Musical Captures Canada’s 9/11 Response Transpartisan Note #44 by A. Lawrence Chickering and James S. Turner September 11, 2001 (9/11) Canadian air traffic control diverted 38 wide-bodied, US-bound airliners to the Gander, Newfoundland, Northeast Canada airfield. The town of Gander, population 10,000, suddenly found itself host to 6,600 stranded passengers and several hundred crew. Come From Away, the Broadway musical story of their five days together in Gander, captures their shared experiences. Real people portrayed in the musical, from hours of interviews, include Beverley Bass, pilot of Flight 49, a 777 from Paris to Dallas, the first American Airlines ... (Read More)
    Source: Citizens.orgPublished on 2017-05-04By Citizens For Health
  • Elgin roundtable discusses many facets of public education
    This article appeared in The Courier-News on April 22, 2017. Continuing Ed. is a yearlong, statewide series of free public programs that puts parents and schools back at the center of conversations addressing difficult questions. You can find the original article here. Gail Borden Public Library roundtable on education on Thursday revolved around one really broad question: What is the purpose of public education? Unsurprisingly, answers varied by panelist, including School District U46 and Elgin Community College administrators, parents, local organizations and faith leaders. “We want the schools to give them every single item they need, whether to go to ... (Read More)
    Source: IHPublished on 2017-05-04By Colin Smith
  • Aftershocks from the Populist Earthquake of 2016
    Our political world is feeling the after-shocks of Campaign 2016. The question now is whether President Trump and the GOP in Congress will deliver on Candidate Trump’s promises of a better deal for working middle class Americans or whether Trump’s new allegiance to the elite and the ideological conflicts within the Republican Party will do the opposite — widen divisions in American society, increase economic inequality and sharpen public demands for more basic reforms in our political system. From start to finish, campaign 2016 was a political earthquake. As an MRI on America, the presidential election exposed deep fault lines in ... (Read More)
    Source: ReclaimPublished on 2017-05-04By owen
  • Letter of Support for San Diego County Top-Two Primary Bill, AB 901
    Dear Chairman Berman, As a lifelong resident of San Diego and a founding member of Independent Voter Project (IVP), I have been asked to share my support, and that of IVP, for Assembly Bill 901, which seeks to ensure that Board of Supervisor candidates are selected in the general election when the most people vote. San Diego is one of the most geographically, ethnically, and politically diverse counties in California, and it is important that our electoral process maximizes the participation of all San Diegans. AB 901 would allow the San Diego electorate the ability to amend the county charter ... (Read More)
    Source: Independent Voter ProjectPublished on 2017-05-04
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