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Sender: Bruce Schuman
Subject: New social contract
Date: Mon, May 19, 2014
Msg: 100997

Thanks to all for the very encouraging response to the Living Room Conversations survey I posted here yesterday. This is a brand-new potential, just taking shape, and though it seems very simple and almost obvious, it does feel wonderful that the apparent simplicity of this process seems to be working so well.

All of this, of course, is subject to suggestion and slightly better ways to do things - but I wanted to offer a very natural follow-up, also taken directly from the Living Room Conversations web site.

This entire approach - essentially "one question at a time" - intended to invoke something like agreement or consensus - is about creating a new kind of social contact, based on general agreements.

But just suppose

1) Something like this "agreement framework" were to undergird a national network of "conversations everywhere on every subject that matters to Americans" (obviously a huge agenda and ambition, but maybe feasible when linked through internet and hand-held devices)

2) We (some of us who are interested) were to start weaving an alliance or interest group - perhaps by contacting civic organizations and leaders all over the USA, and engaging them in these related issues and points of agreement

3) The energy and inspiration behind this were to build and excite a team of network volunteers, who showed up and spent a few hours per week contacting groups and individuals they personally admire, engaging them in this broad process of "social weaving"

This might be a very strong transpartisan activist strategy.

And it's not hard to imagine it or see how it could work. The entire thing is really rather simple - almost obvious.

Let's build agreement on a few broad points regarding personal civic engagement - very-much in tune with the broad vision of NCDD and many related groups - and then, from there, take on all these complex issues that tend to divide us -

Bruce Schuman




(805) 966-9515, PO Box 23346, Santa Barbara CA 93101

From: List for transpartisan leaders and innovators [mailto:TRANSPARTISAN@LISTS.THATAWAY.ORG] On Behalf Of Bruce Schuman Sent: Sunday, May 18, 2014 4:46 PM To: TRANSPARTISAN@LISTS.THATAWAY.ORG Subject: [TRANSPARTISAN] Living Room Conversations

I was just looking at the Living Room Conversations web site this afternoon.

The front page of the site offers six strongly positive affirmations for transpartisan citizen activism.

It immediately struck me that these affirmations are at the foundation of any new "social contract" that might emerge in the context of the transpartisan movement.

So, I promptly created a "survey" - intended to get these affirmations onto the desktops of as many people as possible - in a form that invites their "a la carte" agreement (i.e., like a "line-item veto", you don't have to agree with every single point in one block - pick the ones you like, cafeteria-style). And if you're feeling picky - add new options or propose edits.

This does feel kinda hot to me. We ought to be pushing this stuff out the door at lightning speed..

Here's a signed-out link to this survey on Network Nation:

Here's the survey on the web site:

And here's the survey as it arrived in my Yahoo email account - with its bright-red instant-sign-in respond-now button.

Bruce Schuman




(805) 966-9515, PO Box 23346, Santa Barbara CA 93101


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