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!

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.

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.

Editorial: Improving civic health starts by coming to the table

Efforts locally and at the state level seek to counter the incivility that has mired public discourse.

by The Everett Herald Editorial Board

A graphic illustration from the state’s Civic Health Summit in October.
(Project for Civic Health)

In this editorial, The Herald Editorial Board draws attention to local and statewide efforts that aim to depolarize our civil dialogue. From the pledge to engage in civil discourse using a code of conduct developed by The Building Bridges Project to the Project for Civic Health – talking face-to-face, listening actively, and treating each other with respect may be the solution to increasingly paralyzing divisions.