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.

  • Virtue over Vulgarity
    "Respond intelligently even to unintelligent treatment." - Lao TzuAllow me to start this article with a note of appreciation – Our last social media post, concerning allegations of bias in news and opinion presentation on Facebook, was well received. To those that shared our post, liked it, and presented your thoughts respectfully, I am extremely grateful, and am happy that we were able to provide you with this story.In stark contrast to this etiquette, however, the comment section of the post was drowning in churlishness and spite. Almost all responses to the article were some variation of mud-slinging, ad hominem attacks, ... (Read More)
    Source: BridgeUSAPublished on 2016-05-13By Patrick Kearney
  • Civility Linkblogging: Tom Ridge, Rick Scott, and Convicted Civility
    Civility Linkblogging is an ongoing series that highlights discourse about civility from around the Web. We glean the links in this segment from as broad a cross-section as we can manage of blogs, newspapers, magazines, and other online venues, from the United States and around the world. This installment is largely eclectic. It features former Pennsylvania Governor Tom Ridge’s thoughts on Vice-President Joe Biden and Senator John McCain, and Pepperdine University President Andrew Benton’s considerations of convicted civility. It also features an important insight on civility and power: Nadine Smith, writing about an incident in which Florida Governor Rick Scott ... (Read More)
    Source: ICGPublished on 2016-05-12By Adam Zolkover
  • Civility Linkblogging: Tom Ridge, Rick Scott, and Convicted Civility
    Civility Linkblogging is an ongoing series that highlights discourse about civility from around the Web. We glean the links in this segment from as broad a cross-section as we can manage of blogs, newspapers, magazines, and other online venues, from the United States and around the world. This installment is largely eclectic. It features former Pennsylvania Governor Tom Ridge’s thoughts on Vice-President Joe Biden and Senator John McCain, and Pepperdine University President Andrew Benton’s considerations of convicted civility. It also features an important insight on civility and power: Nadine Smith, writing about an incident in which Florida Governor Rick Scott ... (Read More)
    Source: ICGPublished on 2016-05-12By Adam Zolkover
  • GUEST BLOG: Competition in athletic conference breeds voter registration enthusiasm
    By Joseph Wozniak, Mercer UniversityFor a little over two years, the TurboVote team has positively supported the voting culture on Mercer University’s campus. By providing my institution with a simple tool that allowed us to collaborate alongside each other, we rallied around the idea that voting should be simple for everyone—especially our students. What started as a partnership with TurboVote has turned into faculty-led discussions on the importance of voting and a newly crafted student organization devoted to nonpartisan voter engagement, Mobilize Mercer. In order to build up the movement, our team educated our peers on the importance of voting and ... (Read More)
    Source: Democracy WorksPublished on 2016-05-10By Brandon Naylor
  • Steak, Chicken, or Lobster?
    This year’s primary season is all but over. Earlier this this week Sen. Cruz and Gov. Kasich dropped out of the race making Donald Trump the de facto nominee of the Republican party. On the other side of the aisle, Sec. Clinton’s commanding delegate lead over Sen. Sanders makes her the presumptive nominee of the Democratic party barring anything unforeseen. Unfortunately in a Trump vs. Clinton race the winner will not be the candidate who inspires the country with their vision for the future but rather the candidate the American people decide they dislike the least. ... (Read More)
    Source: Centrist ProjectPublished on 2016-05-06
  • Independents Are the Answer
    America's political system is going to change. The last nine months have been the political equivalent of Pearl Harbor. Voters are still in shock and denial, but we know something very different must lie ahead. ... (Read More)
    Source: Centrist ProjectPublished on 2016-05-03
  • JOB: Data Lead, Voting Information Project
    UPDATE: As of 6/6/2016, we are no longer accepting new applications to this posting. Thank you for your interest!At Democracy Works, we believe voting should fit the way we live. To that end, we build technology for both voters and election administrators that simplifies the process and ensures that no voter should ever have to miss an election.TurboVote, our first service, tracks a voter’s elections. We provide all the materials and information they need to get registered, stay registered, and cast a ballot in every election, from municipal to national—and we’ll even mail forms with an addressed, stamped envelope for ... (Read More)
    Source: Democracy WorksPublished on 2016-05-03By Kathryn Peters
  • Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie and David Brooks on the Dangers of Single Storyism
    New York Times columnist David Brooks offered his readers a gift, recently, when he pointed out a 2009 TED Talk by Nigerian writer Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie called “The Danger of a Single Story.” In that talk, Adichie discusses globalization, colonialism, and the mutual cross-cultural misperceptions brought about – as Brooks puts it – by what happens when complex human beings and situations are reduced to a single narrative.     For Adichie, the story of this form of tunnel vision is personal. She talks about the effects in her own life of growing up reading only books in which ... (Read More)
    Source: ICGPublished on 2016-05-03By Adam Zolkover
  • Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie and David Brooks on the Dangers of Single Storyism
    New York Times columnist David Brooks offered his readers a gift, recently, when he pointed out a 2009 TED Talk by Nigerian writer Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie called “The Danger of a Single Story.” In that talk, Adichie discusses globalization, colonialism, and the mutual cross-cultural misperceptions brought about – as Brooks puts it – by what happens when complex human beings and situations are reduced to a single narrative.     For Adichie, the story of this form of tunnel vision is personal. She talks about the effects in her own life of growing up reading only books in which ... (Read More)
    Source: ICGPublished on 2016-05-03By Adam Zolkover
  • Mobilizing the Community to Improve Girls’ Education
    During the first month of the year, students and teachers were busy preparing for pre-board exams. Schools also celebrated Republic Day, an important national holiday in India, on the 26th of January, with a ceremony that included raising the flag. Due to these activities and winter vacation, the number of School Management Committee (SMC) meetings held by principals, students and EGG staff were limited in most schools. Still, EGG is making great strides to foster transformation in schools to improve girls’ education. In addition to socio-cultural barriers and the need for school infrastructure improvements, one of the biggest challenges is ... (Read More)
    Source: Educate Girls GloballyPublished on 2016-04-25By Uttarakhand Staff
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