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.

  • Millennial = Neither Republican nor Democrat
    As a Christian, the Republicans assume they can win my vote; as a Latina woman, granddaughter of Mexican immigrants, the Democrats think they can count on me. They are both wrong. Like so many of my generation, I am living evidence that the red-vs-blue portrait is severely distorted. I see a technicolor, complex and challenging reality and neither party’s monochromatic platform has won me over. Smackdab in the center of the millennial generation, born in the early 90’s, I live a life much like many of my peers – a life of multitasking, technology, self-expression and open-mindedness. When it comes ... (Read More)
    Source: Mediators FoundationPublished on 2015-10-08By Becca Nunziato
  • 7 tips for facilitating discussions on community-police relations
    Having conversations about community-police relations can sometimes be uncomfortable. To help dialogue participants feel at ease, facilitators should come prepared to explain certain points at the beginning of the discussion and examine their own biases as well. Here are seven tips to help facilitators of conversations about community-police relations to help you have a successful, trust-building dialogue:   1. Address the issue of race/racism at the beginning Facilitators should explain that the issue of race/racism may come up during the dialogue circle.  Ask the group what assumptions on race/racism underlie the issue of community-police relations.  What role does race/racism ... (Read More)
    Source: Everyday DemocracyPublished on 2015-09-17By rebecca
  • Reflections on including the word ‘racism’ in the title of your change effort
    When you're naming your community change effort, you may have some difficult decisions to make, especially if you're addressing racism. Should you include the word "racism" in the name? Will it turn too many people away? A community in Wagner, S.D., that's been working on creating positive change for the last eight years chose to keep the word "racism" in their program name, and they shared their thoughts on the subject: Having the word "racism" in the title of your change efforts is a bold move, but it didn't happen overnight. Initially, they worked with the Extension program ... (Read More)
    Source: Everyday DemocracyPublished on 2015-09-14By rebecca
  • 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
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