Daily Resource Highlight - 12/20/2021

Posted by on December 20, 2021 at 11:53 AM

Below are the highlights and featured resources of this past week’s Daily* Resource.

December 14, 2021 - Open Some Tabs for These Newsletters

I’m about to reveal to you one of the secret ingredients of this newsletter. As you know, when you open a Daily* Resource, you can expect to see resources, tools, and information from across the healthy self-governance movement. But how do we collect everything that we share with you?

We have a few tricks, but the most important one is also the easiest one to copy -- we subscribe to newsletters. Whenever a new organization joins the Bridge Alliance, one of our staffers will go to their website and sign up for their email list. Now, we have a dedicated email address for those newsletters, but that’s all there is to it.

So now that you know our secret, here are a few excellent newsletters to get you started:

  • Ballotpedia has been publishing “Documenting America’s Path to Recovery” since April 27, 2020. They are ending it soon, but if you want regular, informative updates in your inbox, the “Encyclopedia of American Politics” is a terrific resource.
  • Leadership Now Project tracks threats to our democracy and responses to those threats in their “Stay Awake” newsletter. You can read previous copies of the newsletter, as well as other updates from LNP, by clicking here.
  • If you’re a city leader, or just want to feel inspired, check out National Civic League’s monthly newsletter “Civic Action.” This newsletter is focused on helping America’s cities and counties build equitable, thriving communities.
  • The Bunker is a newsletter by the Project on Government Oversight (POGO) that seeks to bring transparency and accountability to America’s national security policies and actions. As you can probably guess, this is a tough, uphill battle.

This is just a sampling of the newsletters that Bridge Alliance members publish. Additionally, quite a few members regularly publish articles on their website. We will cover more newsletters and publications on Thursday. Stay tuned!

December 16, 2021 - We Help You Filter the Best Content

According to a quick Google search, ~30,000 hours of new content is uploaded to YouTube every hour. That’s equal parts impressive and daunting to me. That means that, every day, YouTube adds over 82 years worth of content.

Bridge Alliance members organizations also produce a decent amount of content. But if YouTube is our solar system, Bridge Alliance content is closer to a grain of sand on Miami beach. Still a lot…..but very manageable.

Here is a snapshot of that grain of sand:

Most of these readings only take a few minutes or less, and the longer papers – like this one on telehealth reforms during COVID – are well worth the time investment.