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I'm Dreaming Of A Bi-partisan World!

Shannon M. Carducci | Posted 07.25.2016 | Politics
Shannon M. Carducci

What could it look like? Could you just imagine how different our nation would be if we all worked together for the greater benefit of ALL? What woul...

This Story Of Bipartisanship Will Make You Believe In Government Again

Fred Krupp | Posted 07.13.2016 | Green
Fred Krupp

A professor of mine at the University of Michigan Law School once said that problems become more solvable when people lower their voices and work things out.

The Great Unraveling

Bill Shireman | Posted 06.28.2016 | Politics
Bill Shireman

Viewed in isolation, the fall of the EU in Britain and the rise of Donald Trump in the U.S. both reflect high-risk gambles by disillusioned voters to upend the establishment they blame for economic and cultural turmoil.

Americans Want Bipartisan Action To Tackle Rising Rent

Terri Ludwig | Posted 06.22.2016 | Impact
Terri Ludwig

Despite an unemployment rate that has sunk below 5 percent, many Americans are justifiably concerned about their prospects - and those of their childr...

Leadership: A Lost Skill That Must be Re-Learned

David L. Nevins | Posted 06.10.2016 | Politics
David L. Nevins

Despite the demagoguery and rampant dysfunction that is so prevalent in today's political process, I believe a unique opportunity exists to create a political movement based on civil discourse and critical thinking.

55,000 People Have a Conversation

Living Room Conversations | Posted 06.06.2016 | Politics
Living Room Conversations

To be precise, there were over 3,500 conversations, involving 55,000 people. All on one day, in and around Chicago. Wow.

Political Leaders and the Search for Purpose

Living Room Conversations | Posted 06.03.2016 | Politics
Living Room Conversations

by Erik Fogg I recently had the opportunity to join a panel on "The Search for a Purpose" (which you can listen to as a podcast) with Living Room Con...

Trump and Liberal Women: 2 New Revelations About to Catch Fire

Bill Shireman | Posted 05.18.2016 | Politics
Bill Shireman

In terms of media narrative, a landslide victory for Hillary is the worst election result. Reporters will be straining to see any evidence that Democrats and independents, especially women, are shifting Trump's way. And as they report it, it may well become increasingly true.

Bridging America's Divide - From the Printing Press to the Internet

Living Room Conversations | Posted 04.29.2016 | Technology
Living Room Conversations

by John Gable The Internet is having the greatest, positive transformative effect on our society since the printing press. And just like the printing...

Bridging America's Divide - Can the Internet Help?

Living Room Conversations | Posted 04.22.2016 | Politics
Living Room Conversations

That is what the Internet of the future can provide us - easy access to diverse opinions and people so we can understand the issues and each other better, ultimately making better decisions as individuals and as a society.

Texas Does Green Big

Bill Shireman | Posted 04.18.2016 | Green
Bill Shireman

To some, Dallas might seem an unlikely venue for the world's biggest Earth Day celebration. "This isn't California, it's not New York, and it's not Portland," Crow says. "This is Texas, and in Texas we know protecting the planet doesn't require that we sacrifice our jobs, our prosperity, or our freedoms. It's time for us to lead."

Russians, Republicans, and Democrats

Living Room Conversations | Posted 04.15.2016 | Politics
Living Room Conversations

by Mary Gaylord Last week I went out with three girlfriends to enjoy some beer at a local brewpub. One woman I know quite well, the other casually, ...

My Long Search For Them: Part One

Living Room Conversations | Posted 03.31.2016 | Politics
Living Room Conversations

By Ralph Benko Us versus Them. It's common parlance. They, of course, being The Bad Guys. Among the politically impassioned (such as myself) it...

Civility in Government

Mike Quigley | Posted 03.22.2016 | Chicago
Mike Quigley

Our constituents, our allies, this world deserve so much more from us. Because today, America definitely doesn't look like the "shining city upon the hill" or "beacon of hope" that we once were. But all hope is not lost.

Martin Olav Sabo and the Spirit of Democracy

Harry Boyte | Posted 03.21.2016 | Politics
Harry Boyte

Martin Olav Sabo, who served as a Democratic Congressman from Minnesota for 28 years and became chairman of the powerful House Budget Committee, died on March 8, from respiratory ailments.

Universities, Safe-Spaces, and the Partisan Divide

Chad Williams | Posted 03.18.2016 | College
Chad Williams

The safe-space is a concept I agree with entirely in concept but less so in practice. I firmly believe that students at any university should be able to feel that they are a valued part of the student body and not be subjected to hate speech or excessive insensitivity.

Goodbye for Now, Dear Nancy

Norman Lear | Posted 03.06.2016 | Politics
Norman Lear

I liked her from the first time I danced with her forty some years ago -- before that, when at meeting me, she smiled. I thought her charming, gracious, forever warm and interested, fully able to resonate to a partisan but empathic source with which she was not necessarily familiar.

Poll: Primary Noise Aside, GOP Is Not an Anti-Climate Monolith

Keith Gaby | Posted 03.02.2016 | Green
Keith Gaby

It doesn't mean that we stop talking about climate change - that would be a mistake - but we can begin to reach out where we agree.

Environmental Activism as if We Wanted to Win: It's Time to Stop Acting, and Start Doing What Matters

Bill Shireman | Posted 02.29.2016 | Green
Bill Shireman

On climate, however, our methods are often outdated and ineffective. Perhaps because we care so passionately, we seem to lack the strategic precision we need to win. We're making mistakes on the very issue that matters most.

Our Nation's Budget Should Reflect Bipartisan Support for Wildlife

John F. Calvelli | Posted 02.29.2016 | Green
John F. Calvelli

Remarkably, a few priorities have broken through the partisan gridlock as things that appropriators from both parties agree that the U.S. budget should support. For the past few years, wildlife trafficking has been one of those priorities.

No More Flints

Dan Glickman | Posted 02.10.2016 | Politics
Dan Glickman

The dangerous water consumed by residents of Flint, MI is the canary in the coal mine of our nation's crumbling infrastructure. Poisoned water endangers the health or millions of Americans, especially children, and jeopardizes state and national economic vibrancy.

Transpartisanship and the Conversion of Political Conflict

Brian E. Konkol | Posted 02.05.2016 | Religion
Brian E. Konkol

The current presidential campaign exposes extreme partisanship as our political normality. Reminiscent of the classic "boiling frog" metaphor, what on...

Increased Funding for Medical Research Is a Terrific First Step

Laurie H. Glimcher, MD | Posted 01.11.2016 | Politics
Laurie H. Glimcher, MD

Right in the midst of the holiday season, Congress passed a $1.8 trillion spending measure to fund all federal agencies for the rest of fiscal year 2016. Signed into law by President Obama on December 18, the bill was a promising step toward a continuing investment in the nation's long-term health.

Why We Need a White House Office of Opportunity

Monique Rizer | Posted 01.11.2016 | Impact
Monique Rizer

At no other time in recent history has the need to expand opportunity been more urgent. Despite some progress in overall access to social and economic mobility over the past five years, the truth is that far too many people have been left behind during the uneven economic recovery.

A Resolution for Resolution

Marc Erlbaum | Posted 01.04.2016 | Religion
Marc Erlbaum

Thinking about resolutions for the year ahead, it occurs to me that one of the most necessary resolutions at this moment is resolution itself. With ...