Transpartisan Movement Gains Steam
On June 20th, Public Conversations Project, the Center for Peace, Democracy and Development at UMass Boston's John W. McCormack Graduate School of Policy and Global Studies, and series sponsor Bridge Alliance convened Boston's first Transpartisan Conference on June 20th at the UMass Boston campus.
The budding Transpartisan movement brings community leaders together across sectors and political lines to cultivate a vibrant, creative political spectrum that is capable of wise, sustainable decision-making. The conference built momentum from previous Transpartisan gatherings in Colorado and San Francisco, and upcoming events planned in Silicon Valley and Washington, D.C.
The goal of this particular conference was to offer Boston’s leaders an opportunity to think collaboratively about how to shift the electoral culture regionally and nationally, and find alternatives to the partisan political paralysis that dominates our public sphere.
Moderators and Speakers
Over the course of the day, eight speakers shared their vision for embedding the Transpartisan movement in our culture, and offered practical skills from cross-spectrum bridge-builders to transcend polarization. Groups spent time discussing times that they had communicated across difference, and shared challenges in creating dialogue around contentious issues in politics, business, and college campuses. The event was co-moderated by author and Mediators Foundation President Mark Gerzon and National Coalition on Dialogue and Deliberation Director Sandy Heierbacher. The speakers were:
Michele Holt-Shannon, Associate Director, New Hampshire Listens
Marshall Ingwerson, Editor, Christian Science Monitor
Darren Kew, Associate Professor and Chair, Department of Conflict Resolution, Human Security, and Global Governance; McCormack Graduate School at UMass Boston
Grady McGonagill, Principal, McGonagill Consulting
Judith Oleson, Associate Professor of Sociology and Social Work, Gordon College
Bob O'Hara, Citizen Leader, No Labels
Raj Sisodia, Professor and Author of Conscious Capitalism