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Chris, founder of Democracy Cafe (SocratesCafe.com), democratizes and Socratizes with an electic mix of guests with an array of views and voices who join him in seeking new portals for achieving ever-greater openness and connectedness as individuals and as a society. Chris's website is ChristopherPhillips.com
Special thanks to Odin Halvorson (OdinHalvorson.com) , our masterful volunteer editor and engineer, for his invaluable contributions to this podcast.
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How can we bring together Americans in ways in which they'll feel compelled to explore in meaningful ways our most pressing political issues -- and to consider an array of perspectives and possible solutions?
Enter an amazing project on civic engagement that is unfolding at Florida Gulf Coast University in conjunction with WGCU Public Media, Gulfshore Life Magazine, and FGCU's PAGES program (https://www2.fgcu.edu/pages/).
Yours truly is honored to be part of it.
It all began with an email to me from Jennifer Reed, senior writer for Gulfshore Life magazine. She was "interested in exploring the roots of the growing political division, hostility and communication breakdowns we're witnessing, and then examining how we as a community might bridge those divides." This kicked off the conversation that eventually led to Florida Gulf Coast University's PAGES, philosophy and journalism programs, along with WGCU's Public Media, to provide and sponsor an incredible opportunity for students and the public to delve into the debate. On March 13, we will launching the first of what we hope will be a series of dialogues -- "Civil Discourse in a Polarized Society" -- to generate greater civic engagement.
Here's the link to the event: http://www.wgcu.org/blogs/events/discussion-event-civil-discourse-in-a-polarized-society/
I will be holding further podcasts with other key people involved as this most promising project continues to unfold.
For now, listen in to Jennifer, and how she began a quest that turned a most timely idea into a wonderful happening. As Jennifer put it in an article she wrote for GulfShore LIfe, the ambitious aim is to "probe, in a deeper way, the issues that might be driving us apart—race, religion, the economy, immigration, media, guns, political ideology and the like—and then explore how we might overcome them."
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