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Join us in honoring campuses!

The ALL IN Campus Democracy Challenge works towards making democratic engagement a defining feature on college campuses. They currently have 570 campuses signed up! Now is the time to recognize these campuses for the great work they are doing in increasing student voting and making democratic participation core values on their campuses. The next day, October 20th, will be the closing reception for the National Conference on Citizenship in Washington, DC where Bridge Alliance and Big Tent Nation will announce the winners of the American Civic Collaboration Awards!

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Public Engagement Strategy Workshop

Looking for assistance with organizing and sustaining productive public engagement? Struggling to decide how to use online engagement tools? Need expert advice on bringing together a diverse critical mass of people? Our member, Public Agenda, is bringing their Public Engagement Strategy Workshop to the University of Illinois at Chicago on October 19th. This workshop will provide you with the tools and resources you need to authentically engage stakeholders in thoughtful, democratic processes.

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Job openings & Internships!

We recently put out a request to our members to forward their current open job positions and internship spots. Know anyone that may be looking? Please forward this!

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Bridge Alliance and members denounce hate

Bridge Alliance sent out a press release to over 1000 reporters this week and created a petition in response to the weeks events surrounding Charlottesville. Bridge Alliance works hard to stay above everyday politics and bridge our deep partisan divides. What we have been witnessing is not everyday politics, it is bigotry, racism, anti-Semitism - the antithesis of our basic values as Americans and human beings. We know these issues are too serious to not take a head on stand against. Will you stand with us? Please read our statement and sign our petition and if you would like to leave a response saying how you believe our country can come together. These responses will be shared on our website and social media.

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6th Annual Sustainable Business & Policy Summit

Government often makes bad decisions about climate, infrastructure, health care, taxes, regulations and other priorities because a few unsustainable mega-influencers insist that’s “what business wants.” Responsible business leaders know better. We are proud to help announce our member The American Sustainable Business Council's 6th annual sustainable business & policy summit, on October 22-24 in Washington, D.C., you’ll get the tools to tell your representatives what your business really wants from government to create an economy that works for all.

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What we can still learn from Jefferson and Franklin

Join 92Y + The Village Square this September as they celebrate the 230th Anniversary of the signing of the Constitution with a return to civil dialogue in a polarized era. With the Ben Franklin Circles and Jefferson Dinners, they're reviving two simple (and fun!) models of bringing people together face-to-face to examine shared values, hash out differences and chart paths forward for working together. On each of the websites, you can learn how to join or host a circle or dinner.

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Bridge Action Update

Bridge Alliance recently received quarterly updates from our Bridge Action(formerly Collective Impact) Grantees. We are excited to share with you excerpts from three of ten updates as well as announce 2 new members - Common Good and The Center for Technology and Civic Life!

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Living Room Conversations & Listen First Project

Part of the mission of Bridge Alliance is to encourage collaboration between aligned organizations. Our update this week highlights one such collaboration. There are rarely more caricatured groups than Southern Conservatives and San Francisco Liberals. Using a video conference platform, two Bridge Alliance members broke through barriers within these groups to have a series of unprecedented conversations.

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Two new members!

In the past week, Bridge Alliance has grown with 2 new members putting our membership count at 80! This growth in our membership base provides new opportunities for collaboration, civic problem solving, and public policy innovation. Our newest members are Listen First Project and Kitchen Table Democracy. We hope you will look into their work and support their efforts.

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More public participation can save American democracy

Jessie Conover from Healthy Democracy recently wrote a blog challenging Lee Drutman's bold statement that more public participation isn’t the answer to our political woes because the reasonable, civically-minded voter is a myth. Jessie says that public participation is much deeper and creative than the identification and engagement of reasonable, civically minded voters and civic participation takes many forms beyond politics. Participating in democracy is about connecting to others in community settings, which includes but is not limited to the world of politics and policy.

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