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.

  • Houston’s Furr High School Wins $10 Million XQ Grant
    Does civility matter? Yes it does. In 2001, Dr. Bertie Simmons came out of retirement to become the principal of Houston’s Furr High school when no one else wanted to take the reigns. Six years later, concerned that gangs were ready to take over the school, Simmons called on us at the Institute and asked if we would take some of her students to Washington D.C. It might help, she thought, for them to learn about politics, and citizenship, and investment in public service. We did, and we became one part of a series of events that changed students’ lives. ... (Read More)
    Source: ICGPublished on 2016-09-17By Institute Staff
  • GUEST BLOG: 2016 TurboVote Associate Summer in Review
    By Camille TraslavinaMy name is Camille Traslavina, and I’m a junior at Harvard College. This summer, along with five other students from universities across the country, I had the privilege of working as a summer associate at Democracy Works. The associates joined the TurboVote Partnerships Team in Brooklyn, New York, and took on a number of projects, often aimed at building new relationships with higher education institutions interested in helping their students become more civically engaged, and assisting existing partner universities in effectively implementing TurboVote.We worked on projects which included researching the civic engagement climates on college campuses, supporting students ... (Read More)
    Source: Democracy WorksPublished on 2016-09-16By Brandon Naylor
  • GUEST BLOG: 2016 TurboVote Associate Summer in Review
    By Camille TraslavinaMy name is Camille Traslavina, and I’m a junior at Harvard College. This summer, along with five other students from universities across the country, I had the privilege of working as a summer associate at Democracy Works. The associates joined the TurboVote Partnerships Team in Brooklyn, New York, and took on a number of projects, often aimed at building new relationships with higher education institutions interested in helping their students become more civically engaged, and assisting existing partner universities in effectively implementing TurboVote.We worked on projects which included researching the civic engagement climates on college campuses, supporting students ... (Read More)
    Source: Democracy WorksPublished on 2016-09-16By Brandon Naylor
  • Framers Knew That Slow and Steady Wins the Race
    Tomorrow (September 17) represents the 229th anniversary of the signing of the U.S. Constitution. It being an election year (and an ugly one at that), and in an age when one can order nearly anything from their smartphone, our decision-making process seems frustratingly slow and dysfunctional. ... (Read More)
    Source: CMFPublished on 2016-09-16
  • Bringing 68% Solutions back to America
    An annual Village Square membership is $68. To learn more about membership perks and levels, click here. (The Village Square is a 501c3 nonprofit so your donation is tax-deductible within limits of the law.) To find out how we came up with such an oddball number, read on… A 68% solution is problem solving that aims to widen consensus rather than divide people into feuding camps. This approach considers the more challenging engagement between the political left and right critical to creating intelligent and lasting solutions. It’s how we get a wide view on civic problems. (Our oddball number is ... (Read More)
    Source: The Village SquarePublished on 2016-09-15By Liz Joyner
  • 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
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