Daily Resource Highlight - 11/29/2021
Posted by on November 29, 2021 at 5:13 PM
Below are the highlights and featured resources of this past week’s Daily* Resource.
November 23, 2021 - Preparing for Thanksgiving Conversations -- You Have Options
It’s Thanksgiving time again, and it appears that most Americans are ready to celebrate in-person again. That also means that awkward political conversations may be unavoidable -- you can’t exactly hide your reaction by turning off your Zoom cam. So do you engage? Or do you hold your tongue?
Fortunately, many Bridge Alliance members are confronting the same challenges, and have created helpful guides / strategies to get you through the holiday season:
- Civic Genius just released the 1st part of their 10-part series for having productive conversations. This 2 minutes video will help you get in the right mindset.
- Civil Squared’s Jennifer Thompson has carefully curated clips from previous podcast episodes that “can help you approach your holiday conversations in a more productive and enriching way.”
- The FlipSide has gathered questions from their readers about how “the other side” thinks about climate change and COVID. You can use the FlipSide’s responses to gain a better understanding of how your relatives came to hold their beliefs.
- Finally, Living Room Conversations has tried and true guides to Holiday Conversations, which you can find here. Their guides touch on current events as well as more general themes like “hopes and aspirations.”
Of course, these aren’t the only resources that Alliance members have created to help you survive and thrive during the holiday season. We encourage you to follow all member organizations for their impressive offerings. Hopefully, though, these tips and tricks will make this year’s meal more fun and your post-turkey nap more relaxing.
November 25, 2021 - Happy Thanksgiving! Some Optimism and Opportunities
It’s Turkey Season! Hopefully you’re enjoying (or enduring) some quality family time and getting ready for a gut-busting feast. If you’ve taken a break from the festivities to catch up on your emails, then (1) we truly appreciate your support and (2) we’re going to reward you with a dose of positivity.
We are excited to share Common Ground Committee’s newest podcast episode “Hidden Progress: A More Hopeful Future.” There’s a lot to worry about right now, but this episode focuses on everything we have to look forward to in the future. To put it differently, what can go right?
Additionally, we have a couple of exciting opportunities to tell you about. First, Participatory Budgeting Project is putting their principles into action by asking supporters to decide how $20,000 of PBP’s budget should be spent. They will be collecting ideas until January 7th. Second, TechCongress is now accepting applications for its Congressional Innovation Scholars Program. If you are tech-savvy and want to bring your skills to the highest levels of government, this is a great opportunity to do so. Applications are being accepted through January 20th.
If you’ve made it this far, thank you! And be sure to save this email, because we have a lot of great resources for you to explore after you finish your second helping of mashed potatoes and stuffing.
- Ballotpedia (video) Nov 17th, 2021: Briefing - Looking Ahead: Donor Disclosure in 2022
- Braver Angels (video) Nov 15th, 2021: Critiquing the Heterodox Community on Race and Reason
- Center for Election Science (article) Nov 17th, 2021: The New Frontier: Seattle Approves Launches a Ballot Initiative Campaign
- Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget (blog) Nov 18th, 2021: Full Estimates of the House Build Back Better Act
- Essential Partners (video) Nov 22nd, 2021: Getting Past Partisanship and Polarization: John Sarrouf at the Harvard Ash Center
- Independent Voter News (podcast) Nov 17th, 2021: Protests, Rallies, and Insurrections: A Day in the Life of Washington, D.C.
- Interactivity Foundation (brief) Nov 10th, 2021: Session 5: Civic Collaboration
- Issue One (video) Nov 23rd, 2021: Truthtellers Ep. 2: "Overnight Votes"
- Listen First Project (video) Nov 18th, 2021: #ListenFirst Friday Dr. Karin Tamerius
- McCourtney Institute for Democracy (podcast) Nov 15th, 2021: Jonathan Haidt On Democracy’s Moral Foundations
- McCourtney Institute for Democracy (report) Nov 16th, 2021: Americans’ willingness to help Afghan refugees and U.S. victims of extreme weather
- Millennial Action Project (podcast) Nov 19th, 2021: 22. Have You No Decency, Sir?
- Millennial Action Project (report) Nov 23rd, 2021: The Renewable Energy Economic Benefits of Microgrids
- National Civic League (video) Nov 18th, 2021: So you want to be a 2022 All-America City?
- National Institute for Civil Discourse (podcast) Nov 18th, 2021: NICD Chat - Social Media, Misinformation, and Democracy
- Nonprofit Vote (video) Nov 12th, 2021: Nonprofit Power: Engaging Voters For a More Inclusive Democracy
- Project on Government Oversight (article) Nov 15th, 2021: The Pentagon’s Yearly Blank Check
- ReConsider (podcast) Nov 14th, 2021: When Fascism Almost Came to America
- Renew Democracy Initiative (newsletter) Nov 18th, 2021: Are helpless people the perfect weapon?
- R Street Institute (brief) Nov 17th, 2021: Economic Mobility and Contraceptive Access: Individual Effects
- State Legislative Leaders Foundation (article) Nov 4th, 2021: The Lies They Want to Hear
- Unite America (newsletter) Nov 18th, 2021: Three Things Thursday
- University of Virginia Center for Politics (video) Nov 15th, 2021: Common Grounds? Documentary
- Young Americans Coalition for Unity (podcast) Nov 14th, 2021: Anna Eskemani on the New Restrictive Abortion Bill Introduced in the Florida Legislature and How She Ran for Office As An Iranian-American
- Young Americans Coalition for Unity (article) Nov 23rd, 2021: The importance of a student voting board member: teaching youth to be more civically engaged