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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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Member Accomplishments

We recently asked our member organizations to let us know about some their accomplishments in the last year and their goals for the year ahead. We are thrilled to share with you what some had to say.

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Nonpartisan Hygiene: 6 Tips to Stay Squeaky Clean

Bridge Alliance member Healthy Democracy, developer of the Citizens' Initiative Review, recently published Nonpartisan Hygiene: 6 Tips to Stay Squeaky Clean - and Effective. Healthy Democracy drew upon an internal audit of it's own activities and response plans to lay out six tips for organizations to preserve their nonpartisan credibility--the most valuable asset to a nonpartisan organization. This guide is designed for both nonpartisan and bipartisan groups, and should be of interest to many of our member organizations.

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Open Primaries

One of our Bridge Alliance members, Open Primaries, has gotten much deserved press from news and media outlets in the past few months. Open Primaries advocates for open and nonpartisan primary systems, counters efforts to impose closed primaries, and educates voters. We would also like to welcome our newest member - Center for Civic Design!

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Bridge Summit recap

Last Saturday, Bridge Alliance members and guests gathered in the debate chamber at the beautiful holdings of Crow real estate. The surroundings edified our meeting as we heard from panelists, worked in breakout groups and enjoyed fellowship. From the meeting, we are developing three proposals for collective impact funding.

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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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