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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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The Political Is Now Personal

Our friend and partner at one of our member organizations Living Room Conversations, Ralph Benko, recently posted a blog about how we are letting politics tarnish our personal relationships. The United States of America was founded on using the diversity of view points to continually strive to create and innovate. How can we disagree passionately without losing compassion?

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Campus Conversation Challenge

One of our members, Ask Big Questions, is launching a campus based response to the recent divisive election. The Campus Conversation Challenge helps communities spark 1,000 conversations between people who might have not met otherwise, and people who know each other but haven't had a meaningful conversation. Conversations that build understanding and trust are an essential building block on a path toward humanizing the other, nurturing diversity and inclusion, and ultimately fostering greater respect and civility. We encourage you to look into this tool for campuses in your community.

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Update

Bridge Alliance is currently reviewing 25 proposals for our Collective Impact grant program. We are so far amazed at what our members have created with one another. Some of the topics that are covered in the proposals are civic engagement, governance and policy making, and campaigns and elections. With these proposals we are creating a portfolio for funders.

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Inaugurations and Our Founders

We are sharing with you a note we received last week that was not only timely but timeless. You can find it online here http://www.transpartisanreview.com/thomas-jefferson-democratic-republican-transpartisan-at-dawn/ , along with the inaugural issue of the Transpartisan Review- http://www.transpartisanreview.com/TTR_Issue_One.pdf. Enjoy!

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Membership growth

In the new year, the Bridge Alliance has grown with 2 new member organizations. Our membership base doubled in 2016 and we are still expanding. 2017 brings new opportunities for our members to collaborate with each other and for our movement to reach critical mass. Our newest members are the Project On Government Oversight and iCivics.

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