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A timeline of major red-blue dialogue efforts in our network

In preparation for our NCDD Confab call on Wednesday at 2pm on the current state of liberal-conservative dialogue, we’ve been thinking about key milestones and programs in this area that NCDD members have spearheaded or have played a major role in.

Andy Fluke, NCDD’s creative director and co-founder, created a timeline for us to take a look at during this popular confab call (over 120 people have signed up so far!), to help us think about the trajectory of red-blue (or transpartisan, or political bridge-building) dialogue since NCDD’s early days.


Take a look at what we’ve featured on the timeline, and then add a comment about what you think is missing!  We know there have been many, many more red-blue dialogue efforts over the years besides the ones listed here.  Please add comments about the ones that have meant the most to you.

Also, looking over this timeline, feel free to add your thoughts and opinions on what has been tried in the past, and how we might do better going forward!  Wednesday’s Confab call with Jacob Hess and Phil Neisser is designed to get us talking about how we might work together to expand this area of dialogue and deliberation further, so your ideas are most welcome!!

And register for the call today if you haven’t already!

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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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  1. One thing I know is missing is the Public Conversations red-blue dialogue work. I couldn’t find dates related to this project, but I do recommend people take a look at “Reaching Out Across the Red Blue Divide, One Person at a Time” PCP’s guide by my dear friend Maggie Herzig. The guide provides a step-by-step approach to inviting one other person—someone whose perspectives differ from your own—into a conversation.

  2. John Backman says:

    NICE graphic! The one thing that occurs to me is the Tea Party – MoveOn dialogue, to which I’ve seen reference made in numerous places on the web. Granted, it was only one dialogue, but the high profile of the two organizations makes it compelling to me.

  3. Listening to ConFab conference call and would love to share what we’re doing in Colorado sometime. Been working on conflict resolution, mediation, and restorative justice since 2008 via transpartisan dialogues and interfaith dialogues in our communities and within the legislature. Excited to join the national conversation!

  4. In 1986 my wife Elizabeth and I created RGB (Red, Green, and Blue)WorkStlye Preference Inventory licensed under CapacityWareTM Technologies – Quality of WorkLife Consultants is our company. The Red aligns well with the Red States and the Red thought process (morales and all). The Blue is an opposite view of the word and aligns well with the Blue perspective. The Green is the connecting/catalyst/capacity thread that is often missing from current political dialog. We use our technology in “Diversity” programs as a workism, but are in the process of expanding workism to politicalism as well. We have 25 certified folks that use this technology in a wide range of venues. Elizabeth and I continue to expand our list of practitioners and largely focus on state, regional, and national conferences. Because of the color scheme, our RGB has been a part of the dialog in every presentation we’ve made since it was created and offers not only validity but resolution for those who are looking for the more productive path. The Green is the secret outlook, not to abandon the Red or Blue, but to set it aside while we look for a more productive way out of potential dysfunction. It works. If we stay with our strength (be it Red or Blue) and use it to “win” then both sides lose.

    If any of this sounds interesting, we’d be glad to exchange more information. Our web site is deep and wide on these topics. We are responding because our associate in Washington (state) came across your web site and it seems to fit with our current technology expansion plans.

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