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Citizen Connect is a non-partisan platform dedicated to helping Americans right, left and center find ways to heal our divides and strengthen this great nation. Big Tent Nation and the Bridge Alliance are part of the founding team behind Citizen Connect and we are excited to share this platform with you.Read more
Get Inspired by Lessons from Civvys Winners and Finalists
Since 2017, the nominees for the annual Civvys Awards demonstrate that “we the people” are showing up to improve America, working together across divisions to chart a better future. Nominees are evaluated for collaboration, scalability and impact, creating a roster of exemplary case studies that we can all learn from - everything from measuring meaningful metrics, to best practices for collective action, to models for replicable success across geography or industry.Read more
It’s Time for Citizens to Really Get Informed - Not Just Withdraw Into Partisan Echo Chambers. Is That Possible? Yes, But Only if We Open Our Minds and Hearts a Little
Getting “smarter” is the opposite of being indoctrinated or taking what anyone says as gospel – it’s about challenging yourself, expanding your mind and being willing to explore diverse perspectives.Read more
Don’t Just Get Mad – Be Heard!
Washington listens to mainstream citizens, but only if you communicate in the right way at the right time.Read more
Lessons From George Washington: It’s Time We Listened!
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.Read more
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!”Read more
What We're Reading - February 2019
Is it late winter? Early spring? Either way, with the first month of the year and the State of the Union behind us, we're digging into some data, some big ideas, and some hopeful stories to carry us through the next few months of political and economic news. Check our what we loved reading in February:Read more
What We're Reading this Holiday Season
As the weather gets colder, we're looking forward to a holiday season full of catching up on our reading! Here are our picks for recent pieces worth reading in the areas of civic engagement, democracy revitalization and broad-based economic prosperity.
The headlines all point to key questions we're asking ourselves as a nation. What do you think? Share your favorites in the comments!Read more
What We're Reading - Summer Reading Edition
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:Read more
What We're Reading in May
With the inaugural National Week of Conversation behind us, we’re even more convinced of the need for dialogue, quality information, and citizen empowerment. Here’s what we’re reading this month to learn a little more, connect across the aisle, and better enable access to broad-based prosperity.Read more