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Sender: Michael Maxsenti
Subject: Re: Defintions of transpartisan
Date: Sat, Apr 19, 2014
Msg: 100939

Hi Evelyn,

I greatly appreciated your comments added to Debilyn's post.

If you have not seen this, I highly recommend watching this TED Talk, "A Radical Experiment in Empathy ."

*Michael Maxsenti* Political Communications Adviser * The Max Company * Mobile 714.745.9830

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On Fri, Apr 18, 2014 at 3:30 PM, Evelyn Messinger wrote:

> Debilyn, > > You make two interesting points. Empathy is crucial to understanding, but > may not be "essential" for indentifying as a transpartisan. Empathy is > something felt rather than done. Personal stories can generate empathy, but > the best way to empathize is to get to know someone different than > yourself. So maybe the answer is not that empathy is needed to be a > transpartisan, but that becoming a transpartisan will make you more > empathetic. That said, it may be essential to growing a Transpartisan > movement, as a message with strong appeal to women in particular. > > Victimization is really a tough one. It has been in vogue for some years > now, but it also has a place in the American psyche: being victimized by > the Brits led to a rebellion that created the most advanced democracy the > world had ever seen. But we do have our better angels, and just as > demagoguery plays on victimization, transpartisanship might highlight the > great American values of self-reliance and toughness. > > Thanks, > > Evelyn > > > On Fri, Apr 18, 2014 at 12:27 PM, Debilyn Molineaux, Living Room > Conversations wrote: > >> This is for the Definitions of Transpartisan thread: >> >> One thing I find in all "transpartisan" conversations is empathy for >> those with whom we are speaking. I'm wondering if this is an essential >> ingredient? And if so, how do we develop more empathy in our society? >> >> As transpartisans, we begin conversations (not debate) around the >> topics...and with empathy we look for and discover solutions that are not >> possible from a debate, compromise or win/lose perspectives. This breaks >> down all the labels (even from the quadrant model of Chickering/Turner) and >> focuses not only on what is valuable to each of us, but to what our >> desired, shared outcome will be. >> >> For instance, the topic of how big or small government should be could be >> framed more broadly about how do we envision living our own lives and what >> is the ideal balance between the needs of individuals, communities and >> perhaps the planet / environment which sustains us all. What would a >> government need to be to support the lives we want to lead? >> >> Another component that I am exploring is the ability to move beyond or >> transcend the attitude of victimization by "the other" on an emotional >> level. What does it take to realize we are co-creating the society within >> which we live? How can we stop being victims and start being citizens? >> >> Debilyn Molineaux, Managing Partner >> Living Room Conversations >> >> >> ------------------------------ >> >> To unsubscribe from the TRANSPARTISAN list, click the following link: >> >> > > > > -- > Evelyn Messinger > > +1.415.377.6278 > > ------------------------------ > > To unsubscribe from the TRANSPARTISAN list, click the following link: > >


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