The Civvys Nominations Are In

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When we launched the Civvys to honor people working to overcome America’s divisions, we knew we’d get many worthy nominations. But we weren’t ready for the scale and scope of the nominations received, which have been both inspiring and somewhat overwhelming! Despite what the media may feature, the Civvys are evidence that Americans are doing amazing things to get beyond what divides us and strengthen communities at the local, state and national level.

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Is Disengaging From Politics Bad For Our Health?

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Day in and day out, it can feel like staying out of the political crossfire is the best choice for our health. If political news generates headaches and induces stress, how could becoming more deeply involved possibly be good for us?

Whether it’s intuitive or not, there’s significant evidence that getting more deeply engaged has meaningful health benefits. In fact, research findings suggest that being more involved in civic life has very real – and positive – impact both physically and economically.

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Lessons From George Washington: It’s Time We Listened!

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We all want America to flourish and prosper, but disagreements on “how” keep tripping us up. How is much more than picking between policy prescriptions – at its core it involves how we treat each other, and particularly those we disagree with.

The person most essential to realizing America in the first place thought about this issue a lot. It’s time to revisit his legacy.

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Should a Politician's Job be at Risk for Reaching Across the Aisle?

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Politicians who reach across America’s political divide often risk their jobs. Are they “sell outs” or do they deserve our support?

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Are You Guilty of Political Profiling?

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Are you guilty of political profiling? To some degree we all are - and it's getting worse.

What do I mean? Political profiling involves making snap judgements on where a person falls on the political spectrum.

This assessment (or guess) is then used to decide how we relate to that human being. The implications can be enormous, particularly if that person is judged to be on the "other side." 

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Here's How Politics Really Works: "If You're Not At The Table, You're On The Menu"

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I recently heard this pearl of Washington wisdom from a Congressman.

He was explaining why it's so important for mainstream citizens to get involved in politics. Sure, we can keep pointing fingers right and left, but that will never get us at the decision-making table, and therefore off the plate.  

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Big Tent Joins The Prestigious Bridge Alliance Network!

Big Tent is delighted about becoming a member of the Bridge Alliance. Why? Because we share the same core values.  Like us, they’re dedicated to empowering American citizens and working across the political divide to take on this nation’s greatest challenges.  We’re also excited about collaborating with the 65+ world class organizations that belong to their network.  We are already in discussions with several new partners and look forward to rolling out a series of joint initiatives over the next year.  To learn about the Bridge Alliance’s amazing work just click here.

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Tired of Political Spin and Bullshit? Here's How to Break the Cycle.

My father had a plaque on his desk when I was growing up that read “If you can’t dazzle them with brilliance, baffle them with bullshit!”

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We’re Building a Platform to Make Sure Mainstream Citizens Are Heard

The short video below walks through how we’re planning to change America’s economic trajectory – moving us from gridlock to shared prosperity.  It’s based on lots of great research and online best practices, but we need your feedback to make it even better.   We also encourage you to share it – the more people who kick the tires the better!

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Announcing "Beyond Our Differences"!

Click on the logo below to visit our contest site and learn how easy it is to participate!

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We're inviting Americans to share their stories
about getting things done despite our differences.  Whether it's
political, religious, racial or even just a passionate sports rivalry
- we want to hear how you were able to bridge a divide at home, at
work or in your community.  It's time the folks in Washington see
what's possible when Americans work together.


Don't have a story to share right now?  Make sure to check out the
current submissions, vote for your favorites and get inspired!

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