Progress on important and divisive issues requires many things. But first and foremost is the belief that progress is possible. Without that, there is no reason to engage, no reason to listen, no reason to do the hard work required to move forward. So it is encouraging to us to see the MacArthur Foundation’s recent “Perspectives” post by Julia M. Stasch, “Solutions Are Possible: Post-Election Poll Indicates”. The net-net, regardless of region, race, education or preferred presidential candidate people overwhelmingly believe it is possible to find solutions to the most pressing problems we face. That’s a great way to be thinking as we get set for 2017, a year that will undoubtedly test people’s resolve to be civil in public discourse and willing to hear facts and positions presented by those they disagree with.
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