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NICD reports impact

Early 2017 was a busy quarter for Bridge Alliance member, National Institute for Civil Discourse (NICD). We share with you a small selection of their Quarterly Impact Report to both recognize NICD’s work and increase awareness of political reform work in it’s various guises.

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Unrig the System

The Bridge Alliance joined the Independent Voter Project, The Centrist Project, Represent.Us, FairVote and Level The Playing Field to host a summit in Kansas City that included a list of influential people trying to "Unrig the System." The focus of the summit was to talk about how we all can amplify our collective efforts and challenge the political establishment that resists competition and structural changes.

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Loving Your Country, Loving Yourself

Mark Gerzon, Founder and President of Mediators Foundation, spoke at TEDxVail in January. In his talk, Mark challenges us to look at our innate integration - using the left and right parts of ourselves to reach out to others and work beyond partisanship. Mark led the initiating meetings for Bridge Alliance and is an influential leader in our movement. Enjoy his 11 minute talk—click on the image to watch.

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A citizen's guide to making change happen

Eric Liu from Citizen University announced the publication of his new book this week. You're More Powerful Than You Think: A Citizen's Guide To Making Change Happen was inspired by his viral TED talk on citizen power. The book is based on a simple idea-if you don't use your power, someone else will-in your name and often against your interests. He draws on examples from the right and left, past and present, offering a new way to think about citizen power laying out 9 hands-on strategies for exercising it. We hope you will read it and more importantly use it!

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Bridge Alliance Awards $500k in Collective Impact Grants

We are pleased to announce today the awarding of more than $525,000 in our inaugural collective impact grants, to allow new collaborative efforts by two dozen Bridge Alliance member organizations. These ten joint projects will help members implement and test innovative approaches in our Alliance’s three core areas: expanding civic engagement and participation; improving governance; and reforming campaign and election processes. These projects, in addition to magnifying the impact of your work on the local, state and national level, are designed to generate tools, ideas and best practices for all Bridge Alliance members to use.

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Fixing The Divide- Steven Olikara

Millennial Action Project President and Co-Founder Steve Olikara joined CNN for a special on fixing the partisan divide. Steven focuses on empowering millennial leaders and awakening centrists. We are happy to see millennial leaders and those focused on fixing our partisan gridlock getting much deserved airtime!

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Civic Renewal

We encourage you to listen to one of Peter Levine’s talks about citizen engagement, deliberation, and collaboration. Peter Levine is the Associate Dean of the Jonathan M. Tisch College of Civic Life and Director of CIRCLE. Dr. Levine and his staff have a long tradition of working with nonprofits in the civic engagement sector; providing tailored data, summaries of existing research, feedback on developing ideas and advice on program evaluation methods.

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Unrig the System event in KC, co-hosted by BA members

Josh Silver,(RepresentUS), Nick Triano, (Centrist Party) Chad Peace, (IVP) and Rob Ritchie (FairVote) all leaders of Bridge Alliances organizations are pleased to announce the following event: Unrig The System - A Gathering of Nonpartisans, April 7 & 8, in Kansas City co-hosted by Greg Orman, Cara McCormick (Level the Playing Field), Chad Peace (Independent Voter Project), Jim Jonas (IVP Colorado), Josh Silver (Represent.us), Nick Troiano (Centrist Project), Rob Richie (FairVote), and David Nevins (Bridge Alliance).

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New members & announcements

This week, we are making a few announcements for our current members and announcing three new member organizations to join Bridge Alliance: OpenGov Foundation, icitizen, and Citizen University.

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Announcements

Our 65+ members have been up to some amazing things recently. This week, we are using our email as a platform to showcase upcoming events and recent announcements from a few of our members. We hope you will look into them further!

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