TA Strategic Plan

Campaign to Unite U S

Building Political Cooperation
One Conversation at A Time

CAMPAIGN TIMELINE SUMMARY

FALL 2009

  • Launch the Campaign to Unite U S: Building Political Cooperation One Conversation at a Time
  • Publish Transpartisan Toolbox Workbook (v1.0): Eight Week Small Group Dialogue Guide
  • Campaign to Unite U S “Building Political Cooperation” tour, community town halls in northwestern United States, possible topics, health, food, and money

WINTER 2009

  • Transpartisan 101 Training, Ashland, OR
  • National Solution Summit (multi‐stakeholder leadership retreat), possible topic Food
  • Campaign to Unite U S “Building Political Cooperation” tour, community town halls in southeastern United States, possible topics, health, food, and money

SPRING 2010

  • Campaign to Unite U S “Building Political Cooperation” tour, community town halls in eastern United States, possible topics, health, food, and money
  • 2nd Annual American Citizens’ Summit with Transpartisan Leadership Summit as pre-conference

SUMMER 2010

  • Campaign to Unite U S “Building Political Cooperation” tour, community town halls in midwestern United States, possible topics, health, food, and money

FALL 2010

  • National New Citizen, New Politics Summit


EXECUTIVE SUMMARY
In the face of uncertainty, cooperation is our call to action.

The American democratic republic is faced with a choice. We as individuals, and collectively as a country, are yearning to return to the values our nation was built on: a culture of courage, faith, love, trust, respect, inclusiveness, security, freedom, communication and cooperation.

The competition for 51 percent to win power and control, has divided the political field in two. Our winner-take-all, two-party political system and the significant influence of narrow interests, is largely responsible for the state of our union today. That is why it is important to shift our political culture away from compromise solutions that favor insiders, and towards common ground solutions that tap the wisdom and serve the well-being of the whole.

A growing number of citizens are less inclined to identify with, or be defined by, red and blue boxes. The current breakdowns that are featured every day in headline news reveal the complexity of our economic and social systems. People are talking about these challenges and more of us are recognizing the need to find common ground and better ways to politically collaborate. We are developing a greater appreciation for our differences, not as something that divides us but rather as different windows on the whole we are all trying to understand. The nation is at a tipping point, it is yearning for a new way of connecting to get things done.

The mission of the Transpartisan Alliance is to motivate and inspire Americans to use the transpartisan toolbox to work together across divides. Our goal is to unite America by practicing and teaching the principles of transpartisanship.

Now is the time to unite America one conversation at a time.

The Transpartisan Alliance will connect and empower citizens to work in partnership, to transform our politics and to awaken the genuine spirit of government of the people, by the people, for the people. We will do this by:

• facilitating a shift in the political culture – beginning at the smallest scale – from competition to cooperation in which every point of view is valued;
• amplifying the voice of the people for the general interest by providing them with the tools and means to bridge divides and collaborate;
• engaging the passion, brilliance and creativity of average citizens and leaders to deliver generative, innovative solutions as alternative ways to solve our most pressing challenges;
• reconnecting Americans to the sense of ownership inherent in responsible citizenship.

Citizenship in ancient Rome was a privileged social status afforded to a few. The American evolution of the term offers this status to all human beings willing to be accountable for, and committed to, the well being of the whole. A citizen is one who takes ownership in, and responsibility for, the future of their community and nation. The Transpartisan Alliance is a facilitator of healthy, empowered citizenship.

A Plan of Action: The Role for Empowered Citizenship

In the spring of 2005, Ashland Oregon’s city charter was up for review. A charter is a constitution and a new version was being proposed which would have made Ashland’s government less transparent and accountable. In response, a handful of citizens decided it was important to have a high quality, communitywide dialogue about the question, How do we choose to govern ourselves in Ashland? So, they went out and knocked on a couple hundred upper, middle and lower class doors, inviting a microcosm of the community to an “Ashland Constitution Dialogue.” A serious six month discourse of weekly facilitated library and café conversations sprang from that initial grassroots effort. What the citizens of Ashland discovered was that all sides of the community shared a core set of values and principles for governance including, openness and transparency, protecting the commons, high citizen involvement, checks & balances and accountability. On July 4, 2005, the participants self-published a printed newspaper with their findings entitled “By the People.” It was distributed from the people who took part in the dialogue, to the people of the community and rapidly seeped into the public conscience as the accepted way to govern the city. While it took two years for the official charter changes to make it onto the ballot, when they did, 77% of the citizens voted them down in favor of the values and principles that emerged from the dialogue.

What happened in this city could have happened anywhere in America. The important thing to take away from this story is that this dialogue was transpartisan. It included homeless people as well as people who live in the wealthiest part of town. It was not a lobbying effort from the people to the officials or special interests; it was an inclusive, expanding community conversation about what the people were for, not what they were against. It was a trust building public conversation based in listening, respect and honoring of difference that catalyzed subsequent dialogue efforts that now serve as a resource for creative options for local decision makers.

So what does it mean to be transpartisan?

Transpartisanship acknowledges the validity of beliefs across a range of political perspectives. In practice, transpartisan solutions emerge out of a new kind of public conversation – like the one that took place in Ashland – that moves beyond polarization by applying proven methods of facilitated dialogue, deliberation and conflict resolution. To truly be transpartisan, one must: respect other points of view; value other points of view; remain open-minded to others; listen well to others; suspend judgment of others; build bridges with and to others; give others the benefit of doubt and value cooperation.

Now is the time to unite America one community conversation at a time.


Transpartisan Toolbox Workbook:  An Eight Week, Small Group Dialogue Guide

  1. Introduction
  • Transpartisan Principles and Pledge
  • What we mean by transpartisan dialogue
  • What attracts people to transpartisan dialogue
  1. Organizing a group
  • Organizer’s role
  • Group, size, space and composition
  • Outreach and inviting
  1. Facilitating a group
  • Co-facilitator’s roles
  • Facilitator do’s and don’ts
  • Responding to concerns and challenges
  • Logistics: time management, supplies, materials
  1. Sessions
  • Week I: Introduction
  • Week II: Topic – Listening
    • Reading of Transpartisan principles, feedback from last week’s homework topic, Topic explanation, topic related questions, topic data, topic exercise/game, evocative topic related story, next week’s homework, American principles
    • Week III: Topic – Inquiry
      • Reading of Transpartisan principles, feedback from last week’s homework topic, Topic explanation, topic related questions, topic data, topic exercise/game, evocative topic related story, next week’s homework, American principles
      • Week IV: Topic – Judgment
        • Reading of Transpartisan principles, feedback from last week’s homework topic, Topic explanation, topic related questions, topic data, topic exercise/game, evocative topic related story, next week’s homework, American principles
        • Week V: Topic – Triggers
          • Reading of Transpartisan principles, feedback from last week’s homework topic, Topic explanation, topic related questions, topic data, topic exercise/game, evocative topic related story, next week’s homework, American principles
          • Week VI: Topic – Speaking
            • Reading of Transpartisan principles, feedback from last week’s homework topic, Topic explanation, topic related questions, topic data, topic exercise/game, evocative topic related story, next week’s homework, American principles
            • Week VII: Topic – Integration of above tools
            • Week VIII: Next Steps
  1. Evaluation
  2. Transpartisan Alliance membership application
  3. References


The Transpartisan by Design Process: Creating Transformative Meeting Spaces

The continued honing of the transpartisan small group and Town Hall processes is an ongoing aspect of the Transpartisan Alliance’s work. This aspect of the Alliance’s work focuses on integrating, innovating, and refining the art and science of dialogue, deliberation and informed decision-making as it applies to now polarized partisan politics and issues. Some of the processes we are combining in innovative ways include:

World Café: an innovative yet simple methodology for hosting more intimate conversations about questions that matter;
Theory “U”: an approach to exploring the future that allows the inner knowledge and collective intelligence of the participants to emerge;
Audience Response Wireless Keypad Polling: a tool to immediately assess group convergence and divergence through live input and feedback;
Affinity Diagramming and Theme Weaving: using idea walls for capturing, synthesizing, and identifying relationships between ideas;
Appreciative Inquiry: the art and practice of asking questions that strengthen a groups’ capacity to apprehend, anticipate and heighten positive potential;
Open Source Intelligence: providing missing knowledge and identifying specific information needs to support the public conversation about policy choices and true costs;
Online Collaboration: live process documentation with interaction and input from people not physically in attendance.

The Campaign to Unite U S and the Uniting Communities Tour

Building on the national network of relationships and goodwill from five years of transpartisan events to date, in October a two member transpartisan “seed planting” team consisting of Reuniting America co-founder Joseph McCormick and conflict documentarian and Compassionate Listening facilitator Peter Hwosch (documenting this work since early 2006) will take to the road.  They will convene transpartisan events in Portland, Seattle, Silicon Valley and Fresno this fall.  Beginning January 2010 they will begin to travel to and around the capitals of the “nations” of cultural affinity within the U.S. depicted below – New England, Foundry, Breadbasket, Dixie , The Islands , Mexamerica , The Empty Quarter, and Ecotopia.

I. Transpartisan Igniters

As the first step in the Uniting Communities Tour, Joseph and Peter will come to a community at a time and place that is convenient – anywhere from someone’s living room, to a local library, to a place of worship – and conduct a 3 hour session aimed at exploring the passion for the transpartisan approach.  Each session will be charged with personal story of how they came to be transpartisan, video content, circle dialogue and examples of practical applications of the Transpartisan Toolbox. At this initial event among 10 to 20 local leaders and community members the Transpartisan Toolbox workbook will be distributed.  The goal of the evening is to a) motivate the group and inspire transpartisan action in the community, b) identify an organizer and c) identify two co-facilitators to start a Transpartisan Toolbox dialogue group.

II. “Building Political Cooperation” Town Halls

The Transpartisan Alliance will serve as advisor, coach and, in most cases, a co-convener of these events.  They will assist with the design process, provide video content, provide speakers (where possible), and provide copies of the Transpartisan Toolbox workbook (to ignite additional groups) as well as a catalogue of books, CD’s and DVD merchandise to sell to offset the cost of the event. The first prototype versions of these events this fall will be called “Building Political Cooperation on Health, Food and Money” in Portland, Seattle, Silicon Valley, and Fresno.

III. Transpartisan 101 Training

Some participants such as mediators, facilitators, trainers and coaches who attend Transpartisan Igniters and Town Halls will want to go deeper into the tools.  It’s for these people we will offer a full day intensive workshop called “Transpartisan 101 Training.”  At this gathering – first one planned for December 4-6 – participants will receive training sessions from national recognized mediators and facilitators, an intensive experience with the tools, be connected to our online resources and social network, and certified as Ambassadors to return to their community to begin convening and practicing.

IV. Solutions Summits

The emphasis of a Solutions Summit is on applying whole system, transpartisan thinking to address complex challenges in an issue area or sector like food, health or money. The Transpartisan Alliance will serve as a neutral co-convener facilitating a search for win/win public policy options that integrate knowledge, issues and interests from a wide range of stakeholders. These events will begin with a review of the transpartisan tools but then emphasize a whole systems thinking approach to creating public policy options. These summits will serve as incubators of out of the box choices for solving complex, interrelated problems.  Participants will not decide among options and then advocate positions. There will be an explicit follow-up process to facilitate ongoing collaboration that leads to subsequent transpartisan activity under multiple banners. The first of these types of summit will be the Transpartisan Food Summit currently planned for early February 1010.

V. Citizen Summits

These Summits serve as a place to bring all of the above together.  They are intended primarily to build relationships across divides.  Each Summit will be focused on personal mastery skills, citizen empowerment training, and building grassroots networks. Invitees are people who are looking to build regional and national transpartisan relationships and networks. They will leave the Summit with innovative tools and skills, new connections, and restored inspiration for healthy citizenship.  The Second American Citizens’ Summit, with a leadership pre-conference is currently planned for April 2010.

VI. Professional Documentarian
Since April 2006, many transpartisan events have been professionally documented by filmmaker Peter Hwosch (with documentary credits for using dialogue in resolving conflict in Israel-Palestine and the Balkans). The intent is to produce a myriad of media products that help shift the partisan cultural narrative. This video content will be fully integrated into our website and be used as a medium to disseminate the transpartisan principles far and wide. These videos will include:

  • short promotional films to articulate the Transpartisan Alliance’s mission and inspire engagement;
  • web-based instructional videos and longer format webinars on how to use the specific tools in the Transpartisan Toolbox;
  • interviews with the citizen leaders of the Transpartisan Alliance;
  • edits from the large Transpartisan Alliance events and strategy meetings to provide transparency, information and inspiration to supporters from the grassroots to the philanthropic level;
  • soliciting and addressing Frequently Asked Questions about the Transpartisan Alliance and transpartisan facilitation;
  • and much more.

Additionally, Hwosch Productions has a feature length documentary film under development, (to be independently funded), with the working title of “Transpartisan,” which will look at the wider issue of the partisan divide, its history and consequences, who is doing what, and how to become empowered and engaged. This film will serve to draw many more to the work of the Transpartisan Alliance, its mission, and resources.

VII: Transpartisan Consulting

There is demand at all levels society for the unique political bridge-building experience developed by members of the Transpartisan Alliance. The skills, tools and knowhow for constructively engaging across divides to achieve greater collaboration are in demand at all levels of society, within and between all types of organizations.  As part of its mission the Transpartisan Alliance will offer fee based consulting services to conference planners, conveners, organizers and design teams for:

  • framing purpose, themes, intended outcomes and event invitations in ways that attract politically diverse participants
  • designing meetings and gatherings that create the level of safety and trust needed to address and process the emotional wounds of division
  • applying transpartisan design principles to producing gatherings that maximize opportunity to connect, dialogue, deliberate and explore opportunities to build relationships/partnerships/collaborative initiatives going forward

VII. Online Organizing

The Transpartisan Alliance is currently re-branding an existing internet framework that can hold and organize the presence of thousands of participating organizations and up to millions of individual members.  This framework:

  • defines the basis for partnership and cooperation among participating organizations and individual members
  • has a “broadcast email” function that can reach all participating individuals, and selective email functions that can reach individuals or organizations interested in specific topics
  • dovetails with the existing Transpartisan Alliance social networking system, but does not duplicate its functions

This body of organizations and individual members, held in relationship through the internet framework, is the core power of the Alliance.  Through this framework, organizations can interact with one another, support one another, interact with the public at large, and the at-large members of the Alliance.

Also built into this system are the organizing tools needed to support and coordinate the on-the-ground activists engaging in transpartisan initiatives in local communities.


CONCLUSION

The Transpartisan Alliance acknowledges the validity of truths across a range of political perspectives and seeks to synthesize them into an inclusive, pragmatic whole beyond traditional political dualities. In practice, transpartisan solutions emerge out of a new kind of public conversation that moves beyond polarization by applying proven methods of facilitated dialogue, deliberation, and conflict resolution.

The Transpartisan Alliance grassroots work emerges from several years of leadership organizing done by Reuniting America. It was through a series of eight transpartisan leadership retreats from 2004 to 2007 which convened over 140 national leaders representing millions of Americans that the principles and practices of transpartisanship were refined.  It is not possible to claim credit for developments that emerged from the Reuniting America retreats, but among the unexpected outcomes that have had  a direct or indirect cause and effect relationship with these events are:

  • In 2004 at the First Conference on Democracy in America a Declaration for Dialogue Across Differences was signed by leaders as politically diverse as Dave Keene, Chair, American Conservative Union and Barbara Marx Hubbard, Chair, Foundation for Conscious Evolution.
  • In 2006 after the Second Conference on Democracy in America the Christian Coalition and MoveOn.org cooperated on the issue of net neutrality by placing a full page ad in the New York Times and holding a press conference and joint lobbying effort on Capitol Hill.
  • In 2006, Pat Robertson, founder, Christian Coalition on the 700 Club was inspired to state “I’m a convert on climate change” making it safe for millions of evangelical Christians to begin considering climate change risks.   This transpired within weeks after the Transpartisan Energy Security and Climate Change Retreat that Michele Combs of the Christian Coalition and Al Gore attended.
  • In 2007 after the Third Conference on Democracy in America an informal, transpartisan election integrity coalition emerged with participation from leaders of Americans for Tax Reform, Club for Growth, FairVote, and Common Cause (supported by Rockefeller Brothers Fund.)
  • In 2007 and 2008 via the Transpartisan Dialogue on Iran, confidential, effective, informal, back-channel diplomacy took place which may have resulted in reduced tensions with Iran.
  • Since 2004 the word transpartisan and/or the concept of transpartisanship has begun to seep into the popular vernacular as indicated by the rapid growth in Google hits and use by major media outlets and national candidates.

The first phase of seed planting of the potential for a transpartisan movement among key, national political players has been successful.  We are on our way – we know this works.

As American citizens, we share a deep desire to build more politically functional communities and country. Partisan and special interest politics is in the way of our working together to craft effective solutions and create a more perfect union.  The Transpartisan Alliance has established the underpinnings and continues to seek breakthroughs for the forward movement of the transpartisan idea.  Our intention is for transpartisan politics to make its way into the mainstream of our local and national political culture within five years… a goal that will be accomplished one conversation at a time. We hope you will join us.


Campaign to Unite U S Launch Budget

120 Day Launch In kind
Uniting Communities Tour
Dodge Sprinter van 25000 RV donation
Camper trailer 5000 Or donation
Fuel, bio-diesel (12,000 miles) 5000 airline miles, gas cards
Food 4000 Unknown
RV Maintenance 2500 Accepted
Salary-Joseph 16000
Salary-Peter 16000
Insurance-RV & Equipment 2500 Accepted
Events-Facility & Food 12000 Accepted
Toolbox production 15000 Accepted
Video Equipment & Services 15000 Accepted
Online
Social Marketing 2000 Accepted
Salary-Bruce 8000
Website fees 500
Administration
Salary-Amanda 8000
Salary-Walt 8000
Salary-Debilyn 8000
Merchant Fee setup 400
Branding Design 2000 Accepted
Travel Expenses 5000 airline miles
Miscellaneous 10000
First Citizens’ Summit (debt reduction) 5000 $3K Beach Ave. Productions
$1K Sheraton
$1K GBDS
174900


Self Sustaining Revenue

Monthly
Revenue Streams (after first 120 days of Campaign) Total
Transpartisan Toolbox printed workbook @ $20 (net $16) 320
House party “pass hat” (avg. $100/night) 400
Merchandise
T-shirts @ $15.95 (net $5) 500
Wristbands @ $5 (net $4) 100
Klean Kanteen @ $20 (net $7) 140
Ball cap @ $10 (net $5) 250
DVD’s
“The New Politics: Transpartisan Leaders Interviews” @ $15.95 (net $13) 325
“Breaking the Transpartisan Trance”, Swami Beyond Ananda @ $15.95 (net $13) 325
Memberships
Individual, sustaining member (face-to-face, online) @ $20 5000
Small organization, sustaining member @ $100 1000
Large organization, sustaining member @ $1000 3000
Sponsorships
Solution Summits 10000
Citizen Summits 10000
Consulting
Local, regional event design, outreach, 3 hours @ $100/hr 600
National event design, outreach, 10 hours @ $200/hr 2000
Transpartisan 101 Training (2 day)
Registrations @ $495 2000
Speakers fees 2500
Transpartisan Certification of other organizations 2500
40960


Appendix I

Interim Sunshine Cabinet Members

  • Fred Smith, President, Competitive Enterprise Institute
  • Grover Norquist, President, Americans for Tax Reform
  • Michael Ostrolenk, Founder, Liberty Coalition
  • Ron Paul, Member, US Congress
  • Cynthia McKinney, Former Presidential Nominee, Green Party
  • Steve Bhaerman, Political comedian, Department of Heartland Security
  • Barbara Marx Hubbard, Founder, Foundation for Conscious Evolution
  • Jackie Salit, Director, Committee for a Unified Independent Party

National Advisers

  • Brent McMillian, Executive Director, US Green Party
  • Nancy Ross, Political Director, Committee for a Unified Independent Party
  • Mark Gerzon, Author, Leading Through Conflict, President, Mediators Foundation
  • Jesse Benton, Communications Director, Campaign for Liberty (Ron Paul)
  • Maya Enista, CEO, Mobilize.org
  • Sandy Heierbacher, Director, National Coalition for Dialogue and Deliberation
  • Joan Blades, Co-founder, MoveOn.org, President, MomsRising.org
  • Peggy Holman, Author, The Change Handbook
  • John Steiner, Chair, Transpartisan Center
  • John Briscoe, Vice President, Common Cause
  • David Korten, Co-founder, Positive Futures Network
  • Cheryl Graeve, Membership Director, League of Women Voters
  • Juanita Brown, Co-founder, The World Cafe
  • J. Manuel Herrera, Silicon Valley elected official


Appendix II

Staff bios

Amanda Kathryn Hydro: Transpartisan Grassroots Organizer-Wine Enthusiast-World Traveler-Italian American-Sports Fan-Avid Reader-Coffee Aficionado-NRA-Dog Lover-Poker-Rock ‘n Roll. Hydro is a results-proven organizational executive and leader with a track record of ground-breaking successes. She has exceptional communication and relationship building skills applied to internal teams, community groups, government representatives and staffs, corporations and other external parties. Amanda Kathryn thrives in challenging, dynamic environments requiring innovation and high energy. She has 7+ years of experience in executive, leadership and management positions, with successful organizational development in both stable and turnaround environments. Hydro has 15+ years of experience with political campaigns and an active enthusiasm for international political organizations and movements.

Peter Hwosch is a filmmaker, Compassionate Listening facilitator, musician and project director with various non-profits around the world. Peter has been documenting the work of Reuniting America since 2006, having produced numerous short films introducing this work and is now additionally developing the Transpartisan Toolbox together with other colleagues. Peter has worked in Israel/Palestine with the Compassionate Listening Project, producing two films on this work. He lived in the Balkans for four years co-directing The Seedlings of Peace Summer Camp, bringing youth from all three sides of former Yugoslavia together to learn communication skills and foster relationship. Hwosch’s work with The Toolbox Project, a social/emotional literacy curriculum for K-5th grades has included films and media, as well as general development. Peter has extensive experience holding the center in very conflicted environments and presents screenings, workshops and concerts, to organizations, businesses, interested groups, schools and Universities around the world.

After a decade as a Christian Coalition activist and Republican nominee for the U.S. Congress in one of the most conservative districts in our country, Joseph McCormick learned firsthand the most destructive force in our country today is Americans taking sides against other Americans.  The turning point in his life came in 2001 when his political career, marriage, business and reputation collapsed, his relationships having been eroded by mistrust and hatred of his enemies.  The pain of this personal loss was transformative and he began slowly rebuilding his life on more solid ground, searching for a way to engage in politics in a healthier way.  Since 2004 he has organized a series of ground breaking private retreats that brought over 140 national leaders representing over 70 million Americans into dialogue in search of common ground.  His passion now is to apply the tools developed in these gatherings to catalyzing a national campaign of transpartisan house party, café, library and town hall meeting dialogues that serve as a resource for local, state and national decision makers searching for innovative, bottom-up solutions in this time of crisis.

Debilyn Molineaux works beyond labels, but a few that could apply are Executive Coach, Business Consultant, Marketing Strategist and Political Independent.  As a candidate in a local nonpartisan race, she was able to attract people from all parties to work collaboratively on her campaign.  She is the VP of Finance for National Women’s Political Caucus of California, President of NWPC-Fresno County and serves on the NWPC national board.  Debilyn is a collaborative partner with the Transpartisan Center, a Washington D.C. based group working to bridge political divides with policy makers.  Debilyn draws from her successful 20 year career in advertising and marketing, including owning an advertising agency.  She remains a small business owner with her husband in Fresno, CA.

Walt Roberts is a board member of The Performance Center, a partner of Transformation Systems International, and a Core Connections Team leader (source leadership for emergent/generative change initiatives) . Walt has extensive experience working with groups, institutions and communities that are generating their future together strategically and collaboratively. Walt offers innovative tools and integrated approaches to the design and orchestration of alliances, coalitions, forums, conferences, keypad polling assisted deliberation and decision making, and generative engagement processes. Walt’s work is informed by: Transformation and Generative Change, The Source Dimension of Leadership, Generative Conversations, Integral Vision/AQAL, The Biology of Love, Transpartisan Politics, integrating the Practical and the Profound, R. Buckminster Fuller/ A World that Works for Everyone, System Thinking, Whole System Design, and Emergence. Walt is based Portland Oregon.

Appendix III

Testimonials

“Participating in the work of the Transpartisan Alliance has been a wonderful opportunity to get past the preconceptions and stereotypes and focus on our common interests. For me, not only has it opened doors, but it has granted me access to state of the art tools for dialogue and deliberation. It has empowered me to act as an agent of change for best practice in my own organization as well as in the broader community.”  – Brent McMillan, Executive Director, Green Party of the United States

“In the best of times, good solutions to difficult problems benefit from good communication.  But in times of difficulty, when the stakes in political and policy decisions are high – when our nation’s security or its fiscal well-being ride on knowledge, transparency and timeliness – transpartisan communication becomes critically important.   The Transpartisan Alliance’s Campaign to Unite America fosters communication between people and across political divides in a way that serves as a model for public policy participants in and out of government.”  – Bob Barr, Former Member of Congress, Presidential Nominee, Libertarian Party

“Joseph and I share a core belief that citizen engagement is crucial to a healthy democracy. The Transpartisan Alliance’s campaign to connect citizens one conversation at a time is a marvelous way to begin to realize our highest dreams.”  – Joan Blades, Co-founder, MoveOn.org

“The transpartisan movement has begun to move America beyond the stale partisan rhetoric and fixed bayonets of past arguments…and look anew at old challenges that unite Americans more than they divide us.”  – Grover Norquist, conservative activist, President, Americans for Tax Reform

“The transpartisan movement is beginning to foster so much communication across the partisan boundaries that the boundaries themselves are beginning to be much more porous.”  – Al Gore, Former Vice President

Video

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