Transpartisan Movement Gains Steam

June 29, 2015

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.

 Transpartisan movement

 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

View photos from the event here.