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Join the Transpartisan Conference in Boston this June 20th!

Those of you within driving distance of Boston won’t want to miss this event at UMass Boston on the 20th…

A partnership involving the Public Conversations Project, University of Massachusetts Boston’s Center for Peace, Democracy and Development, and the Bridge Alliance (which NCDD is part of) is hosting Boston’s first Transpartisan movement event at UMass Boston on June 20th, from 10am to 4pm.

This event is part of a national series of gatherings aimed at shifting our polarized political landscape, and finding more constructive ways to communicate across difference. Whether the conflict at hand is Boston 2024, tension between law enforcement and communities, or local disagreements around planning and development in our cities, we have to find better ways to talk with one another.

The gathering is part of an effort – spearheaded in part by NCDD organizational members Mark Gerzon and John Steiner of the Mediators Foundation – to help move our country’s politics beyond the partisan divides and gridlock to start making better decisions that move us all forward. This gathering will be building momentum from previous Transpartisan gatherings including the pre-conference gathering NCDD hosted in conjunction with our 2014 conference as well as gatherings in Colorado and San Francisco, and upcoming events planned in Silicon Valley and Washington, D.C.

Here’s how the organizers describe the conference:

The goal of this particular conference is to offer Boston’s leaders an opportunity to think collaboratively about how to shift the  electoral culture regionally and nationally, and find alternatives to the partisan political paralysis that dominates our public sphere…

Over the course of the day, eight speakers will share their vision for embedding the Transpartisan movement in our culture, and offer practical skills from cross-spectrum bridge-builders to transcend polarization. Speakers include Christian Science Monitor editor Marshall Ingwerson, representatives from No Labels and the Mediators Foundation, bridge-builders from across the political spectrum and educators from University of New Hampshire, Gordon College, and UMass Boston (full list available in the press release).

This gathering promises to be a pivotal conversation on how we in the D&D field can help transform the political climate in our country, and we encourage you to register today! There is a nominal $30 fee to attend.

You can check out the press release for the Transpartisan Conference here and find more information by visiting www.publicconversations.org/transpartisan.

We hope to see you there!

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An inclusiveness trainer and group process facilitator, Roshan Bliss serves as NCDD's Youth Engagement Coordinator and Blog Curator. Combining his belief that decisions are better when everyone is involved with his passion for empowering young people, his work focuses on increasing the involvement of youth and students in public conversations.

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