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Sender: "Bruce Schuman"
Subject: Welcome to the Transpartisan Listserv, everybody!
Date: Mon, Mar 24, 2014
Msg: 100815

From: List for transpartisan leaders and innovators [mailto:TRANSPARTISAN@LISTS.THATAWAY.ORG] On Behalf Of Richard Tafel Sent: Wednesday, March 12, 2014 7:58 PM To: TRANSPARTISAN@LISTS.THATAWAY.ORG Subject: Re: [TRANSPARTISAN] Welcome to the Transpartisan Listserv, everybody!

Thanks Sandy for pulling this together.

By way of background, my education and passion in spirituality. I stumbled into politics in the late 80's and ended up seeing a huge gap between the gay and conservative worlds and tried to bridge it. I worked as an appointee of Gov Weld (R-MA) managing the state's adolescent health. I left that appointment to open the doors of Log Cabin Republicans in 1993 eventually opening 50 chapters and being the point of the spear in the culture wars. I was excited to be an early leader for gay marriage, ending the ban on gays in the military and AIDS drugs access. At the time those issues were controversial among both gay liberals and social conservatives. In 1999 I wrote "Party Crasher."

After Log Cabin I started a strategy company to help bring different sectors together to solve social issues. I worked first on AIDS in Africa then Latin America. I still do health care work in Mexico.

My company Public Squared just managed the nation's first statewide social entrepreneur contest in MI last year. This year doing one in Orange County CA and MI again. I love it because it is transpartisan work to end poverty.

I personally believe that the collapse of our political system is the greatest threat to our nation's and the world's security. I'm working on using some of the strategies I've used in the social entrepreneur world to engage the political process.

Thanks for including me in this discussion. I'm often quiet on lists, but I do read everything.



On Thu, Mar 6, 2014 at 1:36 PM, Sandy Heierbacher wrote:

Hi, everybody. We announced the Transpartisan Listserv on Tuesday, and we've already seen 120 subscribers roll in!

I wanted to remind everybody about the purpose of the list and the listserv ground rules, and encourage our list co-founders to chime in first by introducing themselves and saying a little about their transpartisan work. You can "reply all" to an existing message or start a fresh thread by using the email address

Our [amazing] co-founders are:

Mark Gerzon, Tom Hast and John Steiner of Mediators Foundation

Sandy Heierbacher, National Coalition for Dialogue & Deliberation (NCDD)

Tom Atlee, Co-Intelligence Institute

Steve Bhaerman, humorist and author

Dr. Don Beck, The Spiral Dynamics Group

Joan Blades and Debilyn Molineaux, Living Room Conversations

Laura Chasin, Bob Stains, Dave Joseph and Mary Jacksteit, Public Conversations Project

Lawry Chickering and Jim Turner, co-authors of Voice of the People: The Transpartisan Imperative in American Life

Jacob Hess and Phil Neisser, co-authors of You're Not as Crazy as I Thought (But You're Still Wrong)

Margo King, Wisdom Beyond Borders-Mediators Foundation; John Steiner's networking partner

Mark McKinnon,

Ravi Iyer and Matt Motyl,

Evelyn Messinger, Internews Interactive

Michael Ostrolenk, transpartisan organizer and philosopher

Pete Peterson, Pepperdine University's Davenport Institute

Amanda Kathryn Roman, The Citizens Campaign

Michael Smith, United Americans

Kim Spencer, Link TV and KCETLink

Rich Tafel, The Public Squared

Jeff Weissglass, Political Bridge Building Advocate

For now, I ask that others hold off until next week to introduce yourselves so our list co-founders can set the stage for our discussions.

Co-founders: In addition to introducing yourselves, please help us spread the word about this new listserv if you haven't already. You can use the announcement up at to build your own posts, or just share the NCDD announcement if you'd like.

I'll paste the list ground rules below. Please note that we do ask that you include your usual email signature in your messages to the list so we know who you are and how to connect with you.

The list may be busy for a while with all these intros shared, so email Joy Garman at (our office manager) if you'd like to be switched to the daily digest for the list.

Thanks for joining the list, everybody! I'm excited to see what we make of this new space.

Sandy Heierbacher

Director, National Coalition for Dialogue & Deliberation . . @ncdd & @heierbacher

Transpartisan Listserv Guidelines

The following guidelines will help keep the list focused, manageable, and useful for subscribers. Please read these over before posting or replying to the list. The moderator may choose not to approve messages that break one or more of these ground rules.

. Please refrain from over-posting (once per day maximum; 3-4 posts per week). Aim for quality over quantity.

. Identify yourself. Include your usual email signature (i.e. your name, organization, email address, where you're from.) when you send a message to the list. This will help us get to know each other a little better and make it easier for people to connect with you.

. Keep your messages relevant to transpartisan work. If it is not immediately apparent that your message is relevant to transpartisan work, explain in your message why you think it is relevant.

. Please do not use this list as a forum for debating public policy issues. If you really want to delve into a specific social or policy issue with other members of the list, feel free to contact members individually via email or social networking sites.

. This goes without saying, but please stay civil and treat other subscribers with respect. Model good dialogue behavior and refrain from name-calling, making unwarranted assumptions about people, and making sweeping statements about individuals or groups of people without backing them up with facts and data. If you're unclear about why someone said something or thinks/feels a certain way, ask them. (Note: the moderator reserves the right to reject or ask you to reframe posts which seem overly confrontational towards another person on the list, since we are fostering a supportive, respectful space for leaders in transpartisan work.)

. Direct your message to the subscribers of the list. If you forward an announcement or article, please offer some context. Emails with attachments/links and no explanation of what's in the attachment/link will not be approved.

. If your message is directed at one individual in particular, do not send your message to the entire list. If replying to an individual, click "Reply" instead of "Reply All."

. Please do not fundraise or send regular digital newsletters to the list.

. If you ask the list for advice and get a variety of good responses on and off-list, consider taking the time to compile or summarize the responses and share them with the list. We'd greatly appreciate that!


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