Listen, and learn, to bridge the political divide | The Seattle Times

The Seattle Times editorial board followed up on reporter Nina Shapiro’s recent article with an opinion piece spotlighting the importance of political depolarization work underway in Washington state.  

The editors called attention to three organizations working in this area – including our Project for Civic Health – and suggested that readers utilize these entities’ resources to learn how to effectively engage with each other. 

To learn more and get involved, visit our Engage With Us page!

How WA Republicans, Democrats are trying to bridge political divides | The Seattle Times

By Nina Shapiro

In this piece from The Seattle Times, reporter Nina Shapiro highlights rewards and challenges as Washingtonians seek to build bridges across partisan divides – starting with how to find people with differing viewpoints who want to engage. Her article mentions the Project for Civic Health and several organizations featured on our Civic Health Efforts in Washington webpage, including Braver Angels and the co-chair of their Washington state chapter, Sue Lani Madsen. The article also highlights Monica Guzmán, a Jackson Leadership Fellow and changemaker, who gave the keynote address at our Civic Health Summit last October.

Mirroring Shapiro’s article, the Project for Civic Health calls attention to ways that Washingtonians are working to understand each other and find common ground.

Opinion: Project Aims to Save Civic Health | The Columbian

By Greg Jayne, Columbian Opinion Page Editor

In this opinion piece, Greg Jayne recognizes the inherent challenges in bridging the political divide. At the same time, he calls attention to the Project for Civic Health for its efforts to delve into this topic, and highlights the importance of moving outside the sphere of those who are already civically involved to reach the disengaged.

Jayne also shines the spotlight on the critical role of local media and the increasing emphasis placed on strengthening civic education in schools – topics addressed during the Project for Civic Health Summit.

This article serves as a reminder for everyone interested in the Project that improving this difficult problem requires a broad swath of voices.

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.

Opinion: Our civic health in WA needs first aid | The Seattle Times

By Denny Heck

Co-authored by Dean Jodi Sandfort of the University of Washington Evans School, Director Julia Carboni of The Ruckelshaus Center, and Executive Director Katy Terry of the Henry M. Jackson Foundation

In this Seattle Times opinion piece, the partners in the Project for Civic Health describe why Washington state’s civic health matters – it affects our personal relationships, and impacts what we can accomplish together.

Using a report that summarized the outcomes from earlier discussion groups, the Civic Health Summit in October offered participants the chance to generate and share ideas about how we can find common understanding.