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Help Move Us Beyond Partisan Polarization

We hope you will read the letter below from NCDD supporting member Mark Gerzon asking NCDD members to share their ideas and input for how we can transcend the partisan political divide of our times. Mark and the Center for Transpartisan Leadership will also be offering a chance to be part of the conversation in the “Co-Designing our Transpartisan Journey” workshop during NCDD 2014. Learn more about what the CTL is doing and comment with your ideas below. Before we are Republicans or Democrats, liberals or conservatives, or any of the other labels that divide us as […] (see full post)

New Grant Initiative Seeks to Address Polarization

NCDD members may want to look into the Madison Initiative, an exciting exploratory grant initiative from the Hewlett Foundation. Hewlett is hoping the initiative can address the problem of polarization in the US, especially in Congress. You can learn more from Hewlett’s press release below or by visiting www.hewlett.org. Exploratory Project Seeks to Strengthen Representative Democracy in U.S. Menlo Park, Calif. — It is hard to look at events of the past few years without concluding that democracy in America is in trouble. Surveys routinely find that most […] (see full post)

A Glimmer of Hope in Pew’s Polarization Report

The Pew Research Center recently released a report on polarization in the US that has important insights for our field. The report is huge, but luckily, NCDD Board of Directors member John Backman created a wonderful overview of the report’s findings, with an eye toward what it means for our work. We highly encourage you to read John’s thoughts below and add your reflections on the Pew study in the comments section.  How Far Apart Are We, Really? A Closer Look at Pew’s Polarization Report by John Backman The […] (see full post)

Study on Effects of Partisan Polarization

Our friends at the Kettering Foundation recently posted about a paper on the seriousness of the challenge posed by political polarization.  You can read the post below or find the original post on the KF News blog here: www.kettering.org/kfnews/do-partisan-elites-polarize-the-public. Is polarization an elite or public phenomenon, or is it, indeed, both? KF research associate David McIvor recently analyzed a paper in the American Political Science Review that asks whether partisan-polarized environments can affect how citizens come to judge public issues. The study finds that polarized partisan environments do “fundamentally change” how […] (see full post)

RFP’s for NCDD Boston Event – From Polarization to Problem Solving

The Boston planning team is looking for a few more good cases, tools and questions for the New England regional event at UMass Boston on October 29th.  If you’re planning on joining us at the event, please consider what you might be able to contribute (and don’t forget to register!)… Early in the planning stages, the Planning Team for the NCDD 2010 Boston event, From Polarization to Problem Solving, reviewed all responses to the pre-meeting survey NCDD sent out to the network. Based on your […] (see full post)

New PBS Documentary Spotlights Democracy and Polarization

We just heard about a fascinating new documentary airing on PBS on July 12 from Pamela Calvert at The Working Group (www.theworkinggroup.org). THE FIRE NEXT TIME follows a deeply divided group of Montana citizens caught in intractable conflicts intensified by rapid growth, scapegoating, and the power of talk radio. The hour-long documentary reflects on critical issues in the United States today: the high stakes in the battle over development and the environment, the breakdown of civil discourse and the growth of “red-blue” polarization, and the […] (see full post)

Interview with Joan Blades of Living Room Conversations

This story about Living Room Conversations, a longstanding NCDD friend and member organization, articulates the vision and relevance of gathering with others to practice communication in spite of differences. In 2010, Joan Blades in collaboration with friends from different political identities, created Living Room Conversations when they noticed the increasing difficulties in communicating with people across political divides. Living Room Conversations provides an important practice space where people can meet and discuss issues that matter greatly to communities across America.  These online gatherings allow, respect, […] (see full post)

Exciting Updates from the Interactivity Foundation!

We wanted to share a couple of updates from NCDD member org The Interactivity Foundation, including some resources that may be helpful for those working on dialogue and deliberation efforts on campuses. First off, IF recently gave their website a fresh look and if you haven’t seen it yet, we encourage you to head on over there to check it out! Secondly, they posted about a day-long workshop organized by The Deliberative Pedagogy Institute last Fall, which featured several heavy hitters from the NCDD Coalition. In […] (see full post)

EP Shares Article on the Poverty of Partisan Identity

In this piece published on The Fulcrum, “The poverty of partisan identity” by Daniel Pritchard of NCDD sponsor organization Essential Partners, he challenges the belief that our identities, particularly the partisan facets, are leading to the decline of our democracy. He responds that it is actually the immense complexity of our identities that make our democracy, and society, richer and more vibrant. He states, “To sustain this democracy, we must work to make space for the complex and contradictory identities within us and within each […] (see full post)

Several Orgs Featured for our Wednesday Webinar Roundup

Our wonderful NCDD sponsor org The Courageous Leadership Project has another one of their webinars happening in just a few hours that we encourage you to check out! This week’s list of upcoming D&D webinar events also includes NCDD member orgs Living Room Conversations, National Issues Forums Institute (NIFI), and National Civic League, as well as, from the International Association of Facilitators (IAF). NCDD’s online D&D event roundup is a weekly compilation of the upcoming events happening in the digital world related to dialogue, deliberation, civic tech, engagement […] (see full post)

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