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Sender: "Bruce Schuman"
Subject: The Uninvolved Citizen and Transpartisanship
Date: Mon, Mar 24, 2014
Msg: 100829

From: List for transpartisan leaders and innovators [mailto:TRANSPARTISAN@LISTS.THATAWAY.ORG] On Behalf Of John Spady Sent: Friday, March 14, 2014 11:40 AM To: TRANSPARTISAN@LISTS.THATAWAY.ORG Subject: Re: [TRANSPARTISAN] The Uninvolved Citizen and Transpartisanship

Speaking of "rewarding people" - the Community Forums Network (CFN) chose to instead reward organizations for helping to motivate their audiences to participate in community conversations on statewide topics. CFN is no longer funded for 2014 but its website and partner outreach is still available for review by others.

Please visit: http://www.communityforumsnetwork.org/partners/grants/

to see how different participation levels were rewarded.

And please visit: http://www.communityforumsnetwork.org/round-4-grant-recipients-announced/

to see how our last round of funding was distributed.

CFN chose this method of reward because it was more effective than traditional advertising on Facebook, Newspaper, and web-based "click" ads.

The methods and tools used by the Community Forums Network are still available for others to copy and use. Please contact me if you are interested in learning more about it.

Regards,

John Spady

Seattle

National Dialogue Network

206-465-6063

On Mar 14, 2014, at 2:17 PM, Evelyn Messinger wrote:

Your message is very inspiring Bill, thanks so much for sharing it with us. I find the concept of rewarding people for engaging not only exciting but thought-provoking. I hope people on this list will put their minds to what you wrote:

"...my peers will participate in a political system where they believe their effort will be rewarded. What 'reward' means and how to develop that system are complicated questions for conversation, but I think the premise of lack of perceived reward is a good frame for the conversation."

And let me turn it around, if you don't mind: the premise of receiving a reward is also a good frame for conversation.

Speaking personally now, I believe we live in an attention economy. Attention is a limited resource, much in demand. We each have some but no one has as much as they would like, and the competition for your attention is fierce. As Esther Dyson said in the Wall Street Journal way back in 2006, "People go on the Web in search of attention; they don't want to give it as much as get it."

In our world, receiving attention is a reward...but it may not be the only, or best, reward for participating.

You have brought us back to the original question, can uninvolved citizens be activated to participate? Framing the question in terms of what they get out of it - their reward - would be very fruitful.

-- Evelyn Messinger http://citizenschannel.org +1.415.377.6278

On Thu, Mar 13, 2014 at 5:15 PM, William Schenken wrote:

Greetings,

Introduction: My name is Bill Schenken. I am on the Board of the Bellingham (Washington State) City Club, bellinghamcityclub.org. I was referred to this list as I am in the process of working to expand the City Club's activity activities to include dialog based events. I am also passionate about transpartianship and the hope of productive civic discourse.

A big thank you to the founders and participants - my few days of reading have been truly inspiring!

Re thread topic: I got started as an activist 30 years ago helping my mom label and stamp mailers (I'm 36). I have been on the sidelines of activism for the past 10 years because I came to believe that all of the modes I knew of political interaction were ineffective at catalyzing the kind of change we need to address the systemic challenges we face (from my liberal perspective: climate change, bio-diversity, economic inequality, etc). I do believe that activists and political groups win battles but are losing the war, so to speak.

Someone once told me laziness does not exist; just a lack of perceived reward. I feel this situation is that simple. It was for me. Most of my peers are very enthusiastic about localism and make economically irrational (from a neo-con perspective) choices to pursue its aims because they believe it will make a difference. That leads me to believe that many of my peers will participate in a political system where they believe their effort will be rewarded. What 'reward' means and how to develop that system are complicated questions for conversation, but I think the premise of lack of perceived reward is a good frame for the conversation. And finish my personal story, I think tranpartianship (as I understand it) holds the promise of rewards significant enough to motivate me to get back into the game.

Thanks for listening, Bill Schenken wschenken@gmail.com

On Wed, Mar 12, 2014 at 12:46 PM, peter altschul wrote:

Hi:

While I am certain that ignorance plays a role in citizen noninvolvement, I'm not convinced that's the main reason which, I believe, has to do with the rancorous ways most political leaders choose to react to those with whom they disagree. What most of us see in these interactions is a blend of snarky condescension, which is a big turn-off. In my experience, this is often different from the way "average" people deal with those they disagree with - a blend of ignoring, cautious conversing, and sometime, at least, the hint of a common understanding. It is, I believe, these differing interaction styles that creates many of us to shut down.

Best wishes,

Peter Altschul, MS www.peteraltschul.com

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