Common Ground News Roundup: Fall 2019
Looking for a fresh take on finding common ground? Start with our Fall 2019 news roundup.
From clarion calls to cultivate more informed citizens and encourage a return to tact, to a look at what can happen when we hold intentional conversations, here’s a look at the top five stories from our Fall 2019 reading list.
1. Young Americans demand civic education — for good reason
The Hill – A democracy needs informed citizens if it is to thrive, or ultimately even survive. Read more.
2. Quiet mediators in noisy places
The Christian Science Monitor – From Sudan to Venezuela, honest brokers are bringing a special skill set to ending conflicts. Not all succeed. Yet their quiet force of moral persuasion can be effective. Read more.
3. America Needs to Rediscover Tact
Wall Street Journal – In our politics, holding back and minimizing pain has given way to rubbing people’s noses in defeat. Read more.
4. Searching for common ground? Start with the Constitution
The Christian Science Monitor – Amid widespread Democratic concerns about the country’s direction, former Senate staffer Janet Breslin is reaching out to local Republicans. Part 5 in a summer series on people who are facing – and successfully navigating – America’s most intractable challenges. Read more.
5. Political polarization is about feelings, not facts
The Conversation – Robert B. Talisse argues in his conversation piece that polarization isn’t about where you get your news or how politicians are divided – it’s about how a person’s political identity is wrapped up with almost everything they do. Read more.