Looking Beyond Election 2020: How You Can Help Heal America

Kristin Hansen • September 15, 2020 • 7 min read

As Election Week 2020 looms, many of us are mentally preparing for worst-case scenarios: a drawn-out result, a contested outcome, a flaring-up of violent skirmishes. Under any scenario, and no matter who wins, we already know this to be true: millions of Americans will be elated, and millions of Americans will be dejected. We saw […]

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The Jury Is In: Yes, the Pandemic is Polarizing Us.

Meg Saunders • August 3, 2020 • 11 min read

“While we all agree that wearing a mask is effective, I’m confident that Georgians don’t need a mandate to do the right thing,” said Georgia Governor Brian Kemp, shortly after bringing a lawsuit against Atlanta’s Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms. She had recently mandated that masks be worn in public. The Republican governor sued the Democratic […]

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PRESS RELEASE: Civic Health Project announces formation of Academic Research Council and Advisory Council

Cambria Findley-Grubb • July 29, 2020 • 3 min read

Civic Health Project, a Silicon Valley-based grantmaking organization dedicated to reducing toxic partisanship in the U.S., today announced the launch of its Academic Research Council and Advisory Council. “This is a significant moment in the rapid growth of our organization,” said Civic Health Project’s Founder Rob Romero. “Hyper-partisanship is one of the most corrosive forces […]

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As America Confronts Coronavirus, We Are More / Less Polarized Than Ever. (Huh?)

Ann Reidy • April 16, 2020 • 9 min read

America entered the current pandemic in the grip of hyper-partisan politics. In January 2020, as coronavirus began landing stealthily on American shores, President Trump’s impeachment trial was wrapping up in the Senate. Democratic primary candidates were jostling for delegates in Iowa, New Hampshire, and beyond. Media engines began revving to serve up a 24/7 diet of Election 2020 drama. America’s inexorable descent into a bruising, bloody general election season stretched out before us.

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America Needs Marriage Counseling

Kristin Hansen • December 15, 2019 • 5 min read

Is America on the brink of civil war? A recent academic study found that America is now more politically polarized than at the end of the Reconstruction Era, following the Civil War. (1) An even more recent opinion piece in the Washington Post raised the alarming spectre that, after 150 years, once again “there is […]

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We’re only human. Do we have what it takes to make democracy work?

Rob Romero • October 1, 2019 • 5 min read

“The real problem of humanity is the following: we have paleolithic emotions; medieval institutions; and god-like technology.”   These words, uttered decades ago by scientist E.O. Wilson, never rang truer. Today, democracy in the U.S. and around the world is getting pummeled by a perfect storm of cultural tribalism, weakening institutions, and technology-driven polarization. Healthy […]

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Why Can’t We Talk Anymore?

Kristin Hansen • July 1, 2019 • 4 min read

America’s founding motto, “E pluribus unum” (from many, one) is fraying. No one would argue that we suffer from a lack of “pluribus” … Americans arguably hold a more diverse array of political opinions than at any time in our recent history, and this is generally healthy in a democracy. Rather, we risk losing the […]

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