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Good Governance Today, Better Governance Tomorrow...Take a Moment for Positivity (Outline Update)

I was sorely tempted to start this Weekly Update off with a joke (in fact, I had one picked out), but then I realized I was falling into a trap. Specifically, I was conflating “good governance and policymaking” with the dysfunction currently plaguing Congress. The truth, though, is that there are a lot of good things happening around the nation, as well as in Washington, D.C. So take a deep breath and take a gander at some recent updates that show things aren’t quite as bad as they sometimes seem. And even where things are bad, there are a lot of smart people trying to think of good solutions:

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So THAT’S What You’re Interested In! (Survey Results)

Last week we asked you to answer a short survey telling us what issue areas of the democracy revitalization movement you find most interesting, and many of you responded! Thank you! This week, we would like to share the results (please note that respondents could vote for more than one category): In first place, a whopping 56% of respondents said they are interested in Bridging Ideological Divides -- a clear sign that you, our readers, believe that hyper-partisanship is harming our nation

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What Are YOU Interested In? (Quick Survey)

From Day 1, the Bridge Alliance has positioned itself as a coalition for organizations trying to fix our political system from all angles. The result is that its members are involved in all parts of the democracy revitalization movement -- from helping people talk to overhauling our electoral systems. We know, though, that it’s hard to be passionate about everything. That’s why we want to know what you’re interested in. Fill out our two question survey based on our member categories and watch for the results in an upcoming Weekly Update.

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Shhh...Did you hear that?

Shhh...Did you hear that? That’s the sound of hundreds of conversations happening nationwide as part of the National Week of Conversation! Celebrating its second year, the National Week of Conversation is a project of the National Conversation Project, which encourages “people of all stripes [to] intentionally convene with the goal of mending our frayed social fabric and revitalizing America together.” You can hear more about it from NCP’s Executive Director Pearce Godwin in this MSNBC segment.

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Take a Second to Learn About Our (3!) New Members Plus CVP and VOP Release Major Reports

It’s always exciting to welcome new member organizations to the Bridge Alliance. Indeed, every time one is announced internally, it sets off a mini-celebration among the Bridge Alliance staff. That’s because every addition opens up a world of opportunities to collaborate and bring attention to your movement. Over the last few weeks, the Bridge Alliance family has had three mini-celebrations:

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Report On How Policy Impacted ‘18 Turnout & How to Stream Unrig

One of the most fascinating features of the United States are its 51 (including D.C.) legislative laboratories -- each state has extensive freedom to set its own laws, particularly when it comes to voting. This gives us the opportunity to see how various policy concepts play out in reality. How does Same Day Registration impact turnout? How about Voting From Home? Would 16 and 17 year olds pre-register to vote if given the option?

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Civic Engagement and the Healthy Self Governance Outline

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 info@bridgealliancefund.us and we’ll highlight the story on Twitter and Facebook.

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Celebrating Women’s History Month with Forward Thinking Leaders

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

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

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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