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The 4 Main Things to know about political conversation

With paid political speech drowning citizens’ voices in the halls of government and the news media, opting out of civic conversation in our own communities, with our friends and neighbors, is no longer a patriotic option. Here are four basic pointers on the way to productive, civil political conversation. Continue reading

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Open Mic Night in Middleton: Speaking Our Values

Join us on Thursday evening, March 19, 6PM, at the Craftsman Pub in Middleton for Open Mic Night. We’ll be discussing “Speaking Our Values: The Key to Effective Political Speech.” Good music, good food, good beer, and great conversation! Continue reading

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Jeff Smith: The common ground is always there.

Jeff Smith has more experience in political conversation than most of us ever will. He believes that our neighborhood political conversations are better focus groups than those manufactured by political consultants, and that in those informal focus groups we can come to understand why our neighbors believe what they believe and—yes—counteract misinformation. His advice for productive political conversation: Establish trust by listening to find the common ground. Continue reading

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