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HOW DOES PUBLIC ENGAGEMENT NEED TO EVOLVE?

Posted by Matt Leighninger on May 18, 2018 at 4:28 PM

By Matt Leighninger, Public Agenda. Reposted from PublicAgenda.org

On all kinds of issues, people want more choices, more information and more of a say. Whether the topic is how schools should work, what should be in the local budget or what Congress should do about health care, citizens want their voices to be heard. “We are in the midst of a profound global Great Push Back against concentrated, monopolized, hoarded power,” writes Eric Liu.

When they’re given productive, well-structured ways to participate, citizens have a lot to contribute: they can not only provide reasonable input and interesting ideas to public officials and staff, they can also devote their own time, energy and skills to solving public problems.

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The Hidden Agreement Within America's Political Chasm

Posted by Erik Fogg on May 11, 2018 at 6:16 PM

By Erik Fogg, Reconsider Media. Reposted from ReConsiderMedia.com

Here at ReConsider we like to harp on the idea that behind the mass of negativity and hyperpartisanship that dominates American politics, there are mostly shared values. Nat talks a bit about the disparity in this video.

In Wedged we demonstrated this agreement in case studies. We showed that on even divisive issues such as guns, abortion, and taxes, most people will agree on core values most of the time. We posited that this agreement on values probably extended to other issues.

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Don’t Settle for “Fake Belonging” — In Society or Politics

Posted by Debilyn Molineaux on May 04, 2018 at 4:15 PM

By Debilyn Molineaux, Bridge Alliance. Reposted from IVN.us

We human beings have an intense — an inherent — need to belong to a group. In our “cave days,” it was important for the survival of our species to be connected and work together.

As we’ve evolved, physically, emotionally and societally, belonging has been equally important to our survival. Our community provides acceptance, support, and values.

It’s the “something bigger than ourselves” that provides meaning to our lives.

Belonging and connection means having a sense of purpose, which allows for happiness. We are meant to be in groups. No one is an island. No. One. We are wired for community.

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Getting Money Out Of Politics - Together

Posted by American Promise on April 27, 2018 at 6:27 PM

AmericanPromiseLogo.jpgBy Azor Cole, American Promise.

What does former U.S. Senator Olympia Snowe, a Republican from Maine, have in common with former State Senator and current President of Our Revolution, Nina Turner? They both support a 28th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution so people, not money, govern America. The 28th Amendment would replace the Supreme Court’s doctrine of political inequality, reflected in decisions such as Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission and Buckley v. Valeo, with foundational American principles of equal citizenship and representation, as well as safeguards against systemic corruption.

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Survey: Six in Ten Oppose Spending $25 Billion for Wall, But Half Favor Some New Spending

Posted by Voice Of the People on April 15, 2018 at 8:55 PM

By Voice of the People. Reposted from VOP.org

Overwhelming Bipartisan Majority Favors Path to Citizenship for Dreamers

Majorities Oppose Eliminating Family and Lottery Based Immigration Programs, But 6 in 10 Favor Cutting Them Back

Washington DC:  As Congress gears up to make another run at addressing immigration, a new in-depth survey of registered voters presented the major proposals under consideration and found that:

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Saving The Republic: Business Leaders Need To Step It Up

Posted by David Nevins on April 01, 2018 at 2:17 PM

I am a businessman who never did anything in politics until about 7 years ago. However, I believe with the uncharted waters of the political environment now roiling daily, business people like myself must step up to the plate to revitalize our democracy.

We must require a higher standard from our elected officials. A new paradigm of politics — one based on civil political discourse, critical thinking, and personal accountability — can and should be demanded by the electorate of its leadership, and the time to do so is now.

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Ingroup-outgroup divides, a pitfall of the empathic voter? How some voters may (un)intentionally cast a vote for inequity

Posted by Dana Harris on March 23, 2018 at 6:10 PM

By Dana Harris, Generation Citizen. Reposted from generationcitizen.org

When I went to cast my ballot in New York City’s primary election this past September, and then in the general election for Mayor, City Council, and District Attorney in November, I had what felt like an “aha moment.” To foster cohesive communities that prioritize the well-being of all of their members, I realized, we must be empathic voters. In other words, for the stability of any community — and our democracy writ large — voters should not consider only their own personal needs and well-being, but those of their neighbors. Until this fall, I’d thought of voting as a means for ensuring that one’s own needs are reflected by the elected officials who represent them. I see now that voting should be a means for ensuring that the needs of one’s whole community — city, state, and country are reflected by the elected officials who represent them.

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We Need To Talk: It’s Time to Create and Fund Our Future

Posted by Debilyn Molineaux on March 16, 2018 at 6:09 PM

By Debilyn Molineaux, Bridge Alliance. Reposted from IVN.us

Collectively, there are thousands of organizations and funders already working to improve our country. So why does our country appear to be a mess?

The weakest part of our country is our willingness to live in a narrative/news stream that confirms our own bias and demonizes others. We could make our collective work exponentially more effective by fostering strong relationships among people of different viewpoints.

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Powerful Coalition Launches Campaign to Challenge Two-Party Politics

Posted by Shawn M. Griffiths on March 09, 2018 at 6:42 PM

By Shawn M. Griffiths, IVN. Reposted from IVN.us

Now is a pivotal moment for the millions of Americans who recognize that there is something terribly wrong with our government. That is why a coalition of over 80 civic action groups, called the Bridge Alliance, is kicking off its educational campaign #HealthyGov.

It’s no secret that Americans want change. A plurality of Americansno longer wish to identify with the establishment parties in the US. Even more Americans think a third party is needed. Congressional approval barely escapes the single digits, and many Americans think government dysfunction is the nation’s biggest problem.

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Bottom-Up Leadership: Rank-and-File Lead the Way in Kansas and Illinois

Posted by Sllf on March 04, 2018 at 2:34 PM

Posted by Thom Little, Ph.D., SLLF. Reposted from SLLF.org

Everybody talks about top-down leadership. Those at the top of the pyramid lead those further down. Indeed, with its focus on presiding officers, pro tempores and floor leaders, the State Legislative Leaders Foundation has spent more than forty-five years focusing on top-down leadership. But today, I want to flip that on its head and talk about leadership that comes from within the rank-and-file membership.

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