Can Washington bridge its political divide? Some want to try | Crosscut

Already dreading the 2024 election atmosphere, a bipartisan group of community leaders and politicians are working to “disagree better.”

by Joseph O’Sullivan

Journalist and podcaster Mónica Guzmán (second from left) leads a panel discussion during the Civic Health Summit held in October. (Courtesy of the Project for Civic Health)

Concerns about the overall health of democracy in Washington state led the partners in the Project for Civic Health to hold a summit last October with a large array of nearly 200 participants. As described in this report from Crosscut, civic leaders from both parties addressed the need for more bipartisan collaboration and emphasized the importance of debate and compromise.

Mónica Guzmán, author and Senior Fellow for Public Practice at Braver Angels, framed the problem and moderated a panel discussion. She has since launched a podcast called A Braver Way, created to equip people with the tools they need to bridge the political divide in their lives.