Daily Resource Highlight - 04/04/2022
Posted by Bridge Alliance Education Fund on April 04, 2022 at 5:01 PM
Below are the highlights and featured resources of this past week’s Daily* Resource.
March 29, 2022 - The Civvys Are Back!!!! Thank You Sachi!
Whenever I’m interviewing potential interns, I emphasize to them that I want them to leave a visible mark on the Bridge Alliance before they leave. What that means is up to them.
Sachi Bajaj, who is a freshman at the University of Southern California, has met that challenge by reviving the American Civic Collaboration Awards (the Civvys), and nominations are now open (through April 18th). The Civvys have been around since 2017 to “highlight best practices in civic collaboration and collective action that put community and nation before party, ideology and narrow interests.” However, they were a victim of the pandemic and were not celebrated in 2021.
With Sachi leading the way, collaborative-minded leaders will once again be celebrated – this time as part of Civic Season in Atlanta, GA on June 12th. Civic Season is a collaboration of CivicsUnplugged and Made By Us, which is itself a coalition of 100+ history museums (including the Smithsonian Institute), sites, archives, libraries and civics organizations.
The categories for the 2022 Civvys will be National, Local, and Youth, and nominees will be evaluated for (1) the collaborative nature and (2) the scalability of their work. The nomination form also includes an optional question that asks how the work promotes equality, which will be considered when evaluating the nominations.
Once again, nominations are due April 18th. If you know of or are leading a project that you believe is a model of collaboration and should be recognized, nominate today! The form is short but the honors will be broadcast far and wide.
March 31, 2022 - Dr. Johnson Discusses Race and Embracing America’s Promise
Late last year, a meme was created called “We used to be a country. A proper country.” Like many memes, it began as a serious statement, and then quickly devolved into a joke, where people would post random – sometimes silly – pictures of America with the caption.
This meme popped into my head when I thought about the American Promise – an idea that Dr. Theodore R. Johnson will discuss with Village Square TONIGHT @ 7 PM ET. Maybe it’s a strawman, but there seems to be this idea that America was a great – almost perfect – nation, but can no longer claim that status. To me, what makes America great is that we as Americans have control over our future and can strive to be better.
Dr. Johnson sees that enormous potential, but believes our failure to come together around our highest ideals as Americans threatens our future as a nation. At the same time, that’s why being a leader in America can be so impactful – each of us can help turn the tide and raise our communities to new heights. If you see that potential in yourself, consider joining one of these leadership training programs:
- Davenport Institute’s “Professional Certificate in Leading Smart Communities Online Program”
- Renew America Together’s “Civility Leadership Institute” (applications due May 1st)
- Essential Partner’s free consultation on creating positive cultural change
As the great grandson of sharecroppers, Dr. Johnson knows something about impactful leadership. He has seized the opportunities made possible through centuries of struggles by his ancestors and their allies; serving as a White House Fellow and speechwriter to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. You can hear more about his journey, his concerns, and what he sees as the path forward tonight @ 7 PM ET.
- AllSides (blog) Mar 28th: How U.S. Supreme Court Ideology Has Shifted Over Time
- American Values Coalition (blog) Mar 22nd: Contrarianism Isn’t Conservatism
- BridgeUSA (video) Feb 8th: Let's F*cking Talk to Each Other
- Citizen University (blog) Feb 11th: A Breath of Fresh Citizenship
- Citizen University (blog) Mar 23rd: Finding citizenship in the space between grief and joy
- Civic Genius (video) Mar 22nd: An Interview with Daryl Davis: Part 2
- Congressional Management Foundation (blog) Mar 17th: Principle 4: Senators and Representatives should strive to engage with a diverse sample of their constituents, not just those who vote for them or seek to influence them.
- Convergence Center for Policy Resolution (video) Mar 24th: Leadership Council Meeting Segment
- Convergence Center for Policy Resolution (release) Mar 25th: Convergence Receives Its Largest-Ever Contribution
- Davenport Institute (form) due Apr 1st: Professional Certificate in Leading Smart Communities Online Program
- Divided We Fall (article) Mar 24th: Two Perspectives on Polarization in America
- Election Reformers Network (report) Feb 1st: New Models for Keeping Partisans out of Election Administration
- Essential Partners (video) Mar 25th: Lightning Talk: Dialogue Tools to Transform Conflict with the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh
- FairVote (blog) Mar 23rd: Case study: Contingent runoffs in San Jose exacerbate racial turnout gap
- iCivics (blog) Mar 28th: A Touch of SCOTUS: 9 New Cases Added to Landmark Library
- Issue One (blog) Mar 23rd: “Our democracy is fragile,” Rep. Liz Cheney says at bipartisan Wyoming event presented by Issue One
- Junior State of America (newsletter) Mar 28th: Educator Newsletter: Issue No. 6
- Millennial Action Project (blog) Mar 23rd: Recap: Millennial Action Project Hosts 3rd Annual National Week of Action
- Millennial Action Project (blog) Mar 22nd: 2022: State of the States: Focusing on the Future of Millennial Leadership
- National Conference on Citizenship (video) Mar 16th: Local and National Efforts to Get Out the Vote in 2022
- Participatory Budgeting Project (video) Mar 14th: Participatory Policy-Making Learning Exchange
- Public Agenda (blog) Mar 28th: Organizing Citizen-Centered Conversations for Health Advocacy Efforts in Pennsylvania
- RepresentUS (article) Mar 28th: How RepresentUs Helped Secure Fairer Redistricting Maps
- RepresentUS (survey) due Apr 3rd: RepresentUS 2022 Member Survey
- R Street Institute (explainer) Mar 27th: Risk-Proportionate Tobacco Harm Reduction Legislation
- The Narratives Project (blog) Mar 23rd: Why we see Florida’s Parental Rights in Education/“Don’t Say Gay” bill so differently
- The Flip Side (newsletter) Mar 24th: Ukraine
- Voice of the People (report) Mar 28th: Americans on War Powers, Authorization for Use of Military Force and Arms Sales