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Featured Catalyst Awards Proposal: CPRproject

NCDD’s Catalyst Awards process is in full swing, with ten projects so far up at ncdd.civicevolution.org (and more on their way) for your consideration for the two $10,000 prizes. It’s time for NCDD members to engage in the projects that interest them, so we’re featuring the projects one by one here on the blog. Feel free to engage here as well as at CivicEvolution! And note that it’s not too late to add new projects.

CPRproject (Community Principle Resuscitation project)

Proposed by: Rebecca Willmond
Project home: http://ncdd.civicevolution.org/proposal/10099

Q. Rebecca — tell us a little about yourself.

Until recently, I was based in Oklahoma.  I am now based in the Seattle area of Washington.  I am a mother, grandmother and an accountant/software consultant by trade.  What led me to Seattle, as well as NCDD, is my discovery and interest in the Charter of Compassion and Compassionate Action Network Int’l. I am a new member of NCDD, but I have been attempting dialogue and deliberation, without knowing the term, on my own for 12+ years as a political activist in various partisan and non-partisan political organizations. I can be reached at CPRproject.Rebecca@gmail.com if anyone wants to contact me directly.

Q. What project are you proposing, in a nutshell?

I have developed a structural/procedural template (download this example) to build a local to (hopefully) global civic infrastructure, using county precinct maps, which will activate every neighborhood/precinct in a person’s county, independent of any other affiliation.  Every household in a precinct will receive a written invitation by a person in their neighborhood, to attend a meeting to discuss committing to two goals:

  1. Whether, as neighbors, we wish to continue meeting to begin the process of getting to know each other in order to reduce fear, build trust and become better neighbors.
  2. Shall we seek and find a way to unite on common ground, accepting and acting on behalf of each person’s civic responsibility, to themselves in community with one another, regarding the direction our local through global communities are taking.

Q. Can you provide any background info that might help people understand what you’re proposing?

Almost every aspect of my 12+ years experience in the political arena has left me wounded because of the divisiveness I found, not only between the two parties in relation to each other and other parties, but because of my witnessing the dog eat dog divisiveness/dishonesty within one party.  In the same time frame, I also studied and continue to study the 6,000 year history of governments/politics. My studies and experience has led me to believe the root problem to be a systemic one, one of “form” as identified in our Declaration of Independence.  Since politics is my passion, having run for a county position in 2002 as well as running state HQ for a 2008 presidential primary (and being an accountant/software consultant) has given me much 1st hand knowledge regarding structures and processes.  Adding this to my unwillingness to play partisan politics of any kind led me to develop the Community Principle Resuscitation project, CPRproject. I presented it several times, it was not well received so it was archived, until now.

I truly believe if we do not unite on common ground and give a voice to all, empowering every individual to be a driver, not just participant or passenger of change, we may very well destroy any future for our children.  I have children and grandchildren. Bringing them into this world has been my greatest sorrow, helping to change the “form” and direction we are headed will be my greatest joy, my gift to them.

As you know, these are meant to be team projects that get NCDDers collaborating on projects that move our field forward!  So we encourage you to get involved. Use the comments field to ask Rebecca whatever questions you have, or to share what you think of the idea.

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Sandy Heierbacher co-founded the National Coalition for Dialogue & Deliberation (NCDD) with Andy Fluke in 2002, with the 60 volunteers and 50 organizations who worked together to plan NCDD’s first national conference. She served as NCDD's Executive Director between 2002 and 2018. Click here for a list of articles and resources authored by Sandy.

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