A Declaration of Dialogue

Leaders call for real talk across political divides

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On June 11-13, Let's Talk America and the Democracy in America Project, two dialogue initiatives aimed at bridging the left-right divide, co-hosted two dozen thought leaders from across the political spectrum at the Fetzer Institute in Kalamazoo, Michigan, to explore the potential to bridge their political differences through dialogue. It worked better than anyone dared hope. Shared concerns and perspectives that never show their faces in debates bubbled up in the space of dialogue, leading the group to sign this declaration:

The signers included Ginny Sloan, founder of the Constitution Project; Bob Barr, National Rifle Association board member and former Republican congressman; Barbara Marx Hubbard of the Foundation for Conscious Evolution; David Keene, chairman of the American Conservative Union; Tom Atlee, president of the Co-Intelligence Institute; Mark Satin, author of Radical Middle; and Bill Thomson, national field director of the Christian Coalition. To see the full list of signatories and the text of the declaration, and to add your name, log on to www.letstalkamerica.org

How to Get Involved

Democracy in America Convention -- In late September, with the Democratic and Republican conventions behind us, the Democracy in America Project is convening a 'We the People' convention in Springfield, Illinois, bringing several hundred people together to explore what it is that unites them as Americans. To register for the convention, September 26-29, visit www.democracycampaign.org

Let's Talk America -- LTA is continuing to organize cross-spectrum political dialogues in neighborhoods across the country. To find or host a conversation in your neighborhood, log on to www.letstalkamerica.org