The Newsletter

Civic Engagement and the Healthy Self Governance Outline

Posted by Bridge Alliance Education Fund on March 22, 2019

Featured Blog Post: AllSides - Rush to Curiosity -- Judge Later by Debilyn Molineaux

Civic Engagement is a really big concept with a lot of different meanings. It can describe citizens engaging each other, public officials, or just the ballot box -- along with a myriad of other possibilities. Because of that, this update is probably going to leave out an update on civic engagement that you think is important. If it does -- particularly if it involves a Bridge Alliance member -- I invite you to email us at [email protected] and we’ll highlight the story on Twitter and Facebook.

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Celebrating Women’s History Month with Forward Thinking Leaders

Posted by Bridge Alliance Education Fund on March 15, 2019

Featured Blog Post: Essential Partners - Positive and Negative Silence: Notes from the Field


In 1987, the U.S. Congress designated March as “Women’s History Month.” The preamble to the resolution started by acknowledging that American women have strengthened our nation in countless ways, both “recorded and unrecorded.” It then noted women’s outsized contributions throughout our nation’s history and their early leadership during every major social movement.

At the Bridge Alliance Education Fund, we witness such early leadership every day. Approximately half of the Alliance is led by women (including the Bridge Alliance itself), and those women are spearheading work in every segment of the larger revitalization movement.

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POGO Releases its Baker’s Dozen & Nominations Open for $10k Award

Posted by Bridge Alliance Education Fund on March 08, 2019

Featured Blog Post: Issue One - The continuing "Price of Power"...

When I found out that POGO had released its “Baker’s Dozen,” my sweet tooth perked up its metaphorical ears. I was disappointed to find out it had nothing to do with food….but that disappointment went away (mostly) when I found out what the Baker’s Dozen actually was -- a collection of legislative recommendations to combat waste and corruption in Washington, D.C. You can watch POGO’s Liz Hempowicz give an overview of the report, which cover 13 policy areas (hence the name), by clicking here.

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Unbreaking America with J-Law & A Sermon from Boise, Idaho

Posted by Bridge Alliance Education Fund on March 01, 2019

Featured Blog Post: SLLF - I Found a Dinosaur!

As a Philly native, Jennifer Lawrence more-or-less won my heart when she co-starred with Bradley Cooper in Silver Linings Playbook -- an offbeat comedy with a heavy-dose of Eagles fandom. Therefore, I’m less than completely objective when it comes to her work.

That said, her new video with Represent.Us is definitely worth a watch. In the aptly titled Unbreaking America, she examines our broken political system (fun fact: there is almost zero correlation between public approval for a bill and its likelihood of passage), and then puts forward solutions as well as a call to action for Americans who want to get involved. The video is less than 13 minutes long (including credits), so take a moment to check it out.

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Weekly Update by Jim Jonas of NANR - Healthy Self Governance Update

Posted by Jim Jonas on February 22, 2019

Featured Blog Post: How to Kill Public Service 

It was a very exciting month of January for organizations in the Electoral Systems and Reform sector. There was a lot of legislation advanced as members worked with newly seated legislatures to promote accountability and make our electoral systems more democratic. Additionally, several organizations announced internal efforts to help advance their missions.

Among the legislative victories:

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Democracy Revitalization from Anywhere and Everywhere

Posted by Bridge Alliance Education Fund on February 15, 2019

Featured Blog Post: American Promise - Does Unlimited Political Spending Support Democracy? Why We Don’t Think So

Bill Gates once said, “The internet is becoming the town square for the global village of tomorrow.” In a country as large as the United States, the internet’s ability to connect people from all corners is absolutely critical to our movement. It allows us to come together -- no matter where we are -- to discuss ideas, support each other, and build a sense of community.

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How a Bridge Sponsored Collaboration Became a Nationwide Success

Posted by Bridge Alliance Education Fund on February 08, 2019

Featured Blog Post: AllSides - VIDEO: How AllSides Spots Media Bia

Back in 2017, the Bridge Alliance distributed $525,000 in project grants to collaborative projects by two or more member organizations. One of these projects was a joint effort by The Village Square and 92Y to “[c]reate a new model for Americans of different backgrounds and beliefs to come together in face-to-face conversations.” That model is now known as Ben Franklin Circles.

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So, What Has the Alliance Done?….And Let’s Have a #DemocracyChat

Posted by Bridge Alliance Education Fund on February 01, 2019

Featured Blog Post: R Street Institute - OK, so the House wants to reform itself? Here’s what it should really do.

Over its nearly 4 year existence, the Bridge Alliance has lead and/or supported a number of inspiring projects -- Bridge Action Grants; Member Summits; the Democracy Awards. In their annual State of the Alliance, Debilyn and David do a fantastic job of summarizing the Alliance’s greatest hits and laying out its vision for the future in just two pages. If you believe in the Alliance’s mission and want to know what to expect next, this is a can’t-miss, easy read.

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The New Year Brings Upgrades and New Leadership

Posted by Bridge Alliance Education Fund on January 24, 2019

Featured Blog Post: Planes, Trains, and Automobiles: Can the Politics of Urban Infrastructure Transcend NIMBYism and Polarization?

Websites are like milk. They play a big role in most of our lives, and they go bad very quickly. A website that was cutting edge a few years ago is bleh today. That’s why we constantly hear Bridge Alliance members talk about updating their websites. The latest to do so is The Center for Election Science, whose new website is highly interactive, navigable, and -- quite frankly -- fun. We encourage you to check it out to (1) learn the merits of Approval Voting and (2) see all the ways in which they’ve made their website “pop.” It’s impressive to say the least.

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Congress Ready To Modernize? And Deadline Approaching for #EngagedCities Awards

Posted by Bridge Alliance Education Fund on January 17, 2019

Featured Blog Post: Reforming Our Definition of Politics

As you know, it is getting harder and harder to achieve significant bipartisan support on any issue these days. That’s why we were delighted to learn that Issue One, among others, successfully shepherded the creation of the Select Committee on the Modernization of Congress, which was adopted by a vote of 418-12 on January 4th. The Committee will be tasked with promoting a more modern and efficient Congress, which will presumably include addressing shortcomings identified by the Congressional Management Foundation in its report from 2016.

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