Announcing the 2018 Civvys Winners

On October 18, 2018 at the National Conference in Citizenship in Washington, D.C., six inspiring initiatives were honored as winners of the 2018 American Civic Collaboration awards.

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Bridging Divides One Talk at a Time through the National Conversation Project

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In the spring, Big Tent Nation served as part of the committee to launch the first National Week of Conversation, bringing Americans from all walks of life together in dialogue in over 300 facilitated conversation events around the country. Based on the inspiring success of this initiative, we're excited to support the National Conversation Project, which will bring the mission of "listening first" year-round.

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What We're Reading - Summer Reading Edition

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We hope you've been enjoying the warm weather and longer days of the summer! We've stayed busy reading the latest news in innovation in civics, tech, economics and politics. Get your "Summer Reading" in with some of these key links:

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The 2018 Civvys Are Coming!

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Thanks to the heroic efforts of our nominators, nominees, judges and friends, the inaugural year of the American Civic Collaboration Awards was a big success!  Every single nominee last year had an inspiring story and was working tirelessly to help heal our nation’s divides and strengthen our communities.

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National Week of Conversation, April 20-28

Big Tent is proud to be part of the planning committee for the National Week of Conversation, a week of events promoting respectful dialogue on America’s hottest political issues.

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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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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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Meet the Winner: National Institute for Civil Discourse, 2017 Civvys Recipient

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The National Institute for Civil Discourse was one of our inaugural winners of the American Civic Collaboration Awards, or Civvys. Through a partnership with the National Foundation for Women Legislators and the State Legislative Leaders Foundation, NICD modeled a collaborative process that served to bring together common interests and work across divides. Together, these groups are helping to heal America. Director of State Programs Ted Celeste discussed the award, what it means, and next steps for the organization. 

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Meet the Winners: National Foundation for Women Legislators, 2017 Civvys Recipient

 IMG_0363.jpgIn October, we awarded an inaugural American Civic Collaboration Award, or Civvy, to the National Foundation for Women Legislators, for their collaborative work with the State Legislative Leaders Foundation and the National Institute for Civil Discourse. This partnership has pioneered new, smart ways of bridging partisan divides and amplifying the power of citizens to act through their elected representatives. NFWL Executive Director Jody Thomas filled us in on the experience of winning the award and the collaborative process.

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Meet the Winners: State Legislative Leaders Foundation, 2017 Civvys Recipient

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In October, we awarded the State Legislative Leaders Foundation with an American Civic Collaboration Award - or a Civvy - for their collaborative work with the National Foundation for Women Legislators and the National Institute for Civil Discourse. President Steven G. Lakis filled us in on what winning a Civvy meant to his organization, and their hopes for 2018 in America. 

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