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6th Annual Sustainable Business & Policy Summit

Government often makes bad decisions about climate, infrastructure, health care, taxes, regulations and other priorities because a few unsustainable mega-influencers insist that’s “what business wants.” Responsible business leaders know better. We are proud to help announce our member The American Sustainable Business Council's 6th annual sustainable business & policy summit, on October 22-24 in Washington, D.C., you’ll get the tools to tell your representatives what your business really wants from government to create an economy that works for all.

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What we can still learn from Jefferson and Franklin

Join 92Y + The Village Square this September as they celebrate the 230th Anniversary of the signing of the Constitution with a return to civil dialogue in a polarized era. With the Ben Franklin Circles and Jefferson Dinners, they're reviving two simple (and fun!) models of bringing people together face-to-face to examine shared values, hash out differences and chart paths forward for working together. On each of the websites, you can learn how to join or host a circle or dinner.

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Bridge Action Update

Bridge Alliance recently received quarterly updates from our Bridge Action(formerly Collective Impact) Grantees. We are excited to share with you excerpts from three of ten updates as well as announce 2 new members - Common Good and The Center for Technology and Civic Life!

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Living Room Conversations & Listen First Project

Part of the mission of Bridge Alliance is to encourage collaboration between aligned organizations. Our update this week highlights one such collaboration. There are rarely more caricatured groups than Southern Conservatives and San Francisco Liberals. Using a video conference platform, two Bridge Alliance members broke through barriers within these groups to have a series of unprecedented conversations.

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Two new members!

In the past week, Bridge Alliance has grown with 2 new members putting our membership count at 80! This growth in our membership base provides new opportunities for collaboration, civic problem solving, and public policy innovation. Our newest members are Listen First Project and Kitchen Table Democracy. We hope you will look into their work and support their efforts.

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More public participation can save American democracy

Jessie Conover from Healthy Democracy recently wrote a blog challenging Lee Drutman's bold statement that more public participation isn’t the answer to our political woes because the reasonable, civically-minded voter is a myth. Jessie says that public participation is much deeper and creative than the identification and engagement of reasonable, civically minded voters and civic participation takes many forms beyond politics. Participating in democracy is about connecting to others in community settings, which includes but is not limited to the world of politics and policy.

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Democracy Fund Announcement

We are proud to announce that the Bridge Alliance Action Grant (formerly collective impact) program has recently received a grant from the Democracy Fund of $90,000 in support of three projects undertaken by Alliance members in which the Bridge Alliance plans to invest.

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We want your best ideas!

Bridge Alliance is looking for a great tagline that summarizes what we all stand for. We thought who better to help us than our supporters.

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Colleges Educate. Students Vote. We Recognize.

Bridge Alliance member, ALL IN Campus Democracy Challenge is reclaiming the civic mission of higher education and helping create more active and informed citizens. Zaneeta Danver from The ALL IN Campus Democracy Challenge recently posted on Forbes.com.

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Understanding the other side

Through Better Angels 15 politically diverse residents of southwest Ohio met for a total of 13 hours in an attempt to gain a better understanding of the "other side". On some issues they agreed to disagree and on other issues like paid parental leave they found considerable common ground. They found that they are less different and less hostile from one another than the media portrays.

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