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  1. March 5, 2010 2:38 pm

    The Coffee Party movement is, as the article points out, an accidental and idealogically-germinated movement. By contrast, Nonpartisan/Nonidealogical Productive Dialogue is neither accidental or partisan. Rather, it is an intentional, cross-partisan attempt to set off a spontaneous social wildfire mirroring those of partisan-inspired groups like both Coffee and Tea-Party movements.

    A non-virtual citizen who serves as a more authentic model for our work to harness local citizens from both parties and wide sectors of the regional community is Rosario Gomez. We are using positive agitation and dynamic civic engagement methods to change cultural leaders’ bad- and destructive -habits of using polarizing rhetoric to defend dubiously self-interested ideals. Ms. Gomez’s agitation of the nation’s most powerful banks can powerfully inspire this work.

    And begs us to consider:

    “How can I as a citizen leader continue recognizing my unique abilities and employing them in work that echoes this woman’s courageousness?”

    For more on how her work relates in powerful ways to our efforts, take a look at my recent blog post:

    Andrea Grazzini Walstrom
    Founder and co-leader Nonpartisan/Nonidealogical Productive Dialogue

  2. March 26, 2010 7:58 pm

    Discussion of Coffee Party Movement, including how it fits into “deliberative democracy.”

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