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Sender: "Bruce Schuman"
Subject: Apologies for the listserv backlog
Date: Mon, Mar 24, 2014
Msg: 100859

From: List for transpartisan leaders and innovators [mailto:TRANSPARTISAN@LISTS.THATAWAY.ORG] On Behalf Of Sandy Heierbacher Sent: Sunday, March 23, 2014 4:33 PM To: TRANSPARTISAN@LISTS.THATAWAY.ORG Subject: [TRANSPARTISAN] Apologies for the listserv backlog

Hi, everyone! Sorry for getting backed up on the Transpartisan List moderating. This list has been busier than I expected; I may need to get a volunteer moderator to help ensure the messages are aligned with the ground rules, and to email those who need to rework their messages a bit.

As a reminder, please include your email signatures in all emails to the list (name, organization, email address, website, location, etc.). That helps us know who we're talking with and allows us to develop relationships more quickly.

Also, remember that the list is not supposed to be about debating public policy issues, but 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."

So a moderator will have to grapple with which messages fit this purpose, which can be tricky. Right now, I don't have time to discern this and work with everybody individually whose posts seem more issue-specific.

Anyway, the reason I'm behind with the listserv is that I was invited to Eric Liu's Citizen University and Civic Collaboratory meeting (formerly "Guiding Lights") in Seattle. In addition to those activities, which allowed me to get to know folks like Grover Norquist, Mark Meckler, Larry Lessig and a bunch of other great folks better, I was able to host meetups with NCDD members (brunch and dinner yesterday brought together about 30 NCDD members, which was wonderful). So it's been a busy few days!

Grover Norquist, by the way, told me he is interested in joining us here on the Transpartisan Listserv. He talked a couple of times at the two events about what issues he feels are ripe for cross-partisan problem solving. Specifically, he mentioned the issues of transparency (for instance, making government contracts public), criminal justice reform (looking at why we're putting so many people behind bars for so long), civil liberties and government overstepping issues raised by the patriot act (yep), defense spending, crony capitalism / corporate welfare, and even some aspects of immigration reform as opportunities for the two parties to work in concert to get things done in Washington.

Sandy Heierbacher

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


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