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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Meet the Winners: New Hampshire Listens, 2017 Civvys Recipient

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In October, we were pleased to present New Hampshire Listens with an inaugural American Civic Collaboration Award, or a Civvy - the first national awards program celebrating collaborative efforts to improve communities. New Hampshire Listens facilitates civil conversation in the state of New Hampshire on controversial public challenges. We caught up with them on the experience and their goals for 2018. 

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Announcing the 2017 Civvys Winners

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More than ever before, America’s future depends on working together. We need to celebrate the people and initiatives that leverage collaboration and creativity to strengthen communities, heal partisan divides and invigorate American democracy. That’s why we created the American Civic Collaboration Awards – or Civvys – and celebrated the inaugural winners of this prestigious award on Friday, Oct. 20 at the National Conference on Citizenship in Washington, D.C.

The 2017 American Civic Collaboration Awards winners all exemplify what it means to embrace diverse perspectives and make a difference. Selected by a panel of civic engagement experts from over 50 nominations and 15 finalists, this year’s winners have achieved on-the-ground impact at the youth, regional and national level.

We’d also like to extend our sincere congratulations to all Civvys nominees and finalists, each of whom is harnessing teamwork to help overcome polarization and foster civic renewal.

Meet our 2017 Civvys winners:

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