America needs fighters. It also needs bridgers.

Kristin Hansen • February 10, 2021 • 9 min read

In so many arenas of American life, we laud those who demonstrate a “fighting spirit” … our athletes, our business leaders, our movement builders, our politicians.  We have deeply internalized the belief that “some things are just worth fighting for.” That in pursuing a righteous cause, we “shouldn’t go down without a fight.” After all, […]

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PRESS RELEASE: Civic Health Project, Democracy Fund Voice, Einhorn Collaborative, and Fetzer Institute Announce “The Red and Blue Carpet Premiere” Livestream Event to Launch The Reunited States Documentary

Kristin Hansen • January 28, 2021 • 7 min read

Civic Health Project, Democracy Fund Voice, Einhorn Collaborative, and the Fetzer Institute, co-sponsors of the documentary film The Reunited States, announced today that they will host the film’s “Red and Blue Carpet Premiere,” a livestream event on Thursday, February 11th, at 5:00 pm PT / 8:00 PM ET. In an effort to reach the widest […]

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Dueling Realities: What Does the 2020 Election Mean for Toxic Partisan Polarization?

Cambria Findley-Grubb • December 15, 2020 • 8 min read

With today’s vote by the Electoral College, Joe Biden has been confirmed as the 46th President of the United States. The past few months of American politics have been controversial, marked by spin battles, disagreement, and hostility. That being said, many pre-election anxieties never came to fruition. As we headed into election week, we heard about […]

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The Reunited States Documentary: How Can We Bring America Back Together?

Caroline Graham • October 1, 2020 • 4 min read

This week, The Reunited States feature-length documentary film continues its marathon tour across the country, with seven upcoming film festival screenings. Civic Health Project, a proud sponsor of The Reunited States, invites you to check out this 3-minute preview of the documentary and to sign up to host your own screening. On February 9th, 2021, […]

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Looking Beyond Election 2020: How You Can Help Heal America

Kristin Hansen • September 15, 2020 • 6 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 […]

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

Meg Saunders • August 3, 2020 • 9 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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Why Can’t We Talk Anymore?

Kristin Hansen • June 12, 2020 • 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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As America Confronts Coronavirus, We Are More / Less Polarized Than Ever. (Huh?)

Ann Reidy • June 12, 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 • May 19, 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 • May 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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