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.

  • A Disclaimer
      A Disclaimer: When Pigs Fly Here’s our steely-eyed fact-based interpretation of the Village Square organizational motto “When Pigs Fly…” PIGS WILL NEVER FLY. So now you know that we know and freely admit (although not often) that politics will actually never truly be civil (and it never has been). This immutable law of human nature and political history explains our mascot – the flying pig. So our organizational oxymoron seemed to require a little bit of explanation. Why the flying pig? Why such an impossible organizational mission? Why have an organization if you’re pretty certain you’ll never achieve what you ... (Read More)
    Source: The Village SquarePublished on 2016-09-15By Liz Joyner
  • America’s Worst Nightmare Right Now
    Business guru Michael Porter and his colleagues at Harvard Business School released their latest annual report on the state of the U.S. economy's health and its ability to created shared prosperity for all Americans. A critical finding: the failing U.S. political system is the number one constraint on our economy. It's an astonishing development that America's political system - in particular, the partisanship preventing anything from getting done to address the real issues at the core of our economy - is the top threat to our country's long-term economic success. Porter called this "America's worst nightmare" right now in a recent interview. ... (Read More)
    Source: Centrist ProjectPublished on 2016-09-15
  • Village Square 101: Of, by and for the people
    The problem. If Americans want to solve problems in our hometowns, state and nation, we’re going to have to bring our “A” game to the civic conversation. Unfortunately, lately we hardly talk at all,unless you count all the yelling and finger-pointing. While the explosion in technology has put a world of information literally at our fingertips, the sheer volume of data has left us to our own devices to choose our sources and assess their credibility. Rather than quit our day jobs to research facts, most of us have taken a sensible shortcut by trusting the sources on our side ... (Read More)
    Source: The Village SquarePublished on 2016-09-14By Liz Joyner
  • Coffee Party USA welcomes our new BOD Member & Newsroom Chair
    Charlotte Vaughan Coyle is one of Coffee Party’s newest Board members, recently appointed Secretary for a two-year term. She also has taken responsibility for the Join the Coffee Party Movement Newsroom – the term we use for the group of editors who post articles, blogs and original writings to our Facebook page. Hi. This is Charlotte reporting from the Newsroom. Ever since the beginnings of the Coffee Party Facebook page, there has been a commitment to circulate solid information and responsible commentary in order to help inform, educate and motivate. Around these articles on the important issues of our ... (Read More)
    Source: Coffee Party USAPublished on 2016-09-13
  • Get Involved with Coffee Party Campaigns
    The Coffee Party recently kicked off two activities where you can easily get involved in bringing more civility and reason to our political dialogue -- "Coffee Party Talks" and our "Hashtag" campaign. Coffee Party Talks Coffee Party Talks offers you an opportunity to host one or more small group discussions on various political topics.  You choose where and when to meet and who to invite.  If you want to open it to the public (which is up to you!), you can list it on the Coffee Party's website. We give you all the material to get you going!  You ... (Read More)
    Source: Coffee Party USAPublished on 2016-09-13
  • These Organizations Want Your Voice — And Vote — To Be Heard
    Source: All In ChallengePublished on 2016-09-13By Zaneeta Daver
  • These Organizations Want Your Voice — And Vote — To Be Heard
    Source: All InPublished on 2016-09-13By Zaneeta Daver
  • Civil Politics on Science Friday and Peace Talks Radio
    For those of you looking for a break from the everyday partisanship that characterizes this election season, you can catch Civil Politics on 2 recent radio shows/podcasts. Professor Matt Motyl and Liz Joyner of the Village Square were recently on this episode of Science Friday.  What was notable for me in this episode were some of the stories that dovetailed well with our recommendations, such as an elected Democrat in rural conservative Wisconsin who go to where she was by making friends with people first, rather than starting with politics.           I also had the ... (Read More)
    Source: Civil PoliticsPublished on 2016-09-13By ravi
  • Raising Rural Voices on Climate Change
    This post, written by Tara Ritter, originally appeared at the Institution for Agriculture & Trade Policy’s Think Forward blog. The two-day Minnesota Rural Climate Dialogue State Convening got underway today bringing together citizens from rural communities in the state. Over the past two years, Rural Climate Dialogues held throughout Minnesota in Stevens, Itasca and Winona Counties … Continue reading Raising Rural Voices on Climate Change ... (Read More)
    Source: Jefferson CenterPublished on 2016-09-12By Camille Morse Nicholson
  • Experience Collaboration in Action in New York City
    Convergence is hosting “Experience Collaboration in Action” in New York, NY on Thursday, September 29, 2016. The event will feature Convergence Founder, Rob Fersh and a special exercise in the Convergence Approach to Bridging Divides. For more information about this event, please contact ... (Read More)
    Source: ConvergencePublished on 2016-09-12By Ben Carter
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