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Sender: "Bruce Schuman"
Subject: Introducing myself and reminder of list ground rules
Date: Mon, Mar 24, 2014
Msg: 100817

From: List for transpartisan leaders and innovators [mailto:TRANSPARTISAN@LISTS.THATAWAY.ORG] On Behalf Of Sandy Heierbacher Sent: Thursday, March 13, 2014 8:49 AM To: TRANSPARTISAN@LISTS.THATAWAY.ORG Subject: [TRANSPARTISAN] Introducing myself and reminder of list ground rules

Hi, everyone!

Just wanted to take a minute to introduce myself to anyone on the list who's not already involved in NCDD. I encourage all of you - especially those listed as list co-founders - to do the same.

In 2002, I co-founded the National Coalition for Dialogue & Deliberation (NCDD) with my husband, Andy Fluke, and with the support and involvement of 60 volunteers and 50 endorsing organizations. NCDD now represents nearly 2,000 organizational and individual members and more than 33,000 subscribers. NCDD has grown into a respected hub, resource clearinghouse, convenor, and facilitative leader for an ever-growing community of practice centered around the practices of dialogue and deliberation. We run well-loved and well-attended national conferences every other year, expect at least 400 to join us this October 17-19 in the DC metro area for NCDD 2014 (more info up at

I have an M.A. in Intercultural and International Management from SIT Graduate Institute, and now serve as a Research Deputy with the Kettering Foundation in addition to running NCDD. In terms of transpartisan work, I've supported leaders in the transpartisan realm in various ways over the years by promoting and co-sponsoring transpartisan events (like the ones Joseph McCormick used to run), highlighting transpartisan leaders and challenges at our events, on our website and on our "confab calls" with members. And now we're supporting the listserv and some new transpartisan efforts led by our friends at Mediators Foundation.

Two things in particular that might interest this group:

1. At our 2008 national conference in Austin, we featured a panel of conservatives who support public engagement work during one of our plenary sessions. We had identified "How can we frame dialogue and deliberation work in a way that's more accessible to a broader audience - especially conservatives" (the framing challenge, we called it) as one of several questions we wanted to focus in on at that conference. The panel included Pete Peterson and Michael Ostrolenk (who are on this list and hopefully will introduce themselves), Joseph McCormick, and Grover Norquist.

I wrote an article on what we learned about this at the conference, "Taking Our Work to the Next Level: Addressing Challenges Facing the Dialogue and Deliberation Community" that can be found at I also recommend you read Jacob Hess' thorough and thoughtful overview of what we learned by addressing this Framing Challenge at

2. Our May 2012 "confab call" with our members focused on where things stand with dialogue and deliberation work around the partisan divide (speakers Phil Neisser and Jacob Hess are list co-founders). In preparation for that call, our creative director Andy Fluke prepared an infographic timeline of Highlights of Red/Blue Dialogue within the NCDD Community. It shows when over the past years or so we and others in our community launched transpartisan efforts. Please check that out at


Please introduce yourselves as well, and include any resources or milestones others on the list should know about. Also, keep in mind the purpose of this listserv:

"The purpose of this moderated listserv is to introduce potential colleagues to one another, to expand our knowledge of transpartisan theory and practice, and to showcase ongoing activity in the transpartisan field. Our goal is to provide a simple, safe communication channel where individuals and organizations that are active in this boundary-crossing work can connect and learn from each other."

My hope is that this list will be more practical than philosophical, and that we use the list to become more aware of each other's work, and to consider how and when we might work together.

I'll paste the listserv ground rules below as a reminder. But please note the one that I'm a real stickler for while we're in the early days of this list:

. 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.

I'm excited to see if we can use this listserv to build a sense of community and camaraderie among the movers-and-shakers in the transpartisan / political bridge-building realm. We have a FABULOUS initial group of about 140 subscribed to the list at this point, including as you know many figureheads in this field.

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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