Post Electon Conversation

Post Election Conversation

Links to See and Hear the Call

Presenters (in order of speaking)

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MM Photo Joan BladesJoan HeadshotHeredity Chief Phil Lane, Jr.. Phil is an Elder and member of the Dakota and Chickasaw Nations, and is a citizen of both Canada and the United States and a member of the Charter’s Global Compassion Council. Brother Phil is also founder of the Four Worlds International Institute. Phil is a leader of climate and environmental issues.

Joan Blades is a political activist who is best known for being the co-founder of, She also co-founded Living Room Conversations in an effort to bring both sides of the political spectrum together to discuss individual issues in a comfortable environment. (see below)

Rev. Dr. Joan Brown Campbell has held top positions with national religious groups and has worked with transformative agents for change, including Nelson Mandela, Desmond Tutu and Martin Luther King Jr. Joan is the president of the Charter’s Board of Directors; she was awarded the Walter Cronkite Faith and Freedom Award, which promotes tolerance and public dialogue on controversial issues; and she has published the book "Living into Hope: A Call to Spiritual Action for Such a Time as This."

john steinerkdmJohn Steiner is a super-networker, catalyst, creative consultant. He is one of the founders of the Bridge Alliance, a Charter partner that has been working closely with our compassionate cities and is involved in a co-sponsored Charter venture Saturday, Nov. 12, the Utah Citizens Summit (see below). John has recently joined our Charter fundraising committee.

Kathleen Dean Moore is the author of numerous award-winning environmental books. She was awarded the Sigurd Olson Nature writing award for "Holdfast: A Home in the Natural World." She holds a Ph.D. from the University of Colorado. As Distinguished Professor of Philosophy at Oregon State University, she taught critical thinking and environmental ethics, and co-founded the Spring Creek Project for Ideas, Nature, and the Written Word. She blogs regularly at


 Marie Roker Jones is a NAMA Certified Anger Management Specialist, Youth Mental Health First Aider, and Certified Male Youth Life Skills Trainer She is the senior editor of the Raising Boys section of The Good Men Project and the founder of Raising Great Men. Marie is a Charter Partner and along with Louisa Hext, another Charter Partner from the UK-based Forgiveness Project, has been holding compassionate conversations on Twitter.

Who John Steiner quoted during the call:

Brian Clancy: "I really think this outcome validates the need for an authentic new path in American politics. Lunging from right to left is what we've been doing for 30+ years now the very period in which the American Dream has dangerously eroded. This is indeed a test and a profound one, but also a profound opportunity. The big challenges fracturing our nation remain beyond the capacity of any one side to resolve unilaterally. I'm convinced that forging a trans-partisan vision and roadmap for renewing the American Dream is an essential component of the civic renaissance for which our country yearns."

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Utah Citizen Summit

Announcement: On November 12th, 3:30 MT we are coming together in Utah for a Citizens Summit

>Celebrate what we have already accomplished in being more civil, compassionate, inclusive collaborative and productive.

>Model how to bridge political and other divides through civil dialogue and creative problem solving.

>Lay the groundwork for progress on identified issues and possible solutions.

>Revitalize the American Spirit and give America a fresh start, connecting with communities and groups across the nation who wish to illuminate and interconnect each other’s efforts and be in a learning and action community together in support of Americans Coming Together

>Revitalize the American Spirit and give America a fresh start, connecting with communities and groups across the nation who wish to illuminate and interconnect each other’s efforts and be in a learning and action community together in support of Americans Coming Together.

Please take a look at our Executive Summary for an overview of pre-Summit and Summit activities HERE.

We welcome you to join other Utahns and distinguished national visitors for our evening Utah Citizen Summit Celebration where we will celebrate the wonderful work that has already been done in Utah, give awards to outstanding individual examples, challenge Utah and America to do better and listen to distinguished national visitors provide thoughts on how to do this. View the Summit agenda here.


Day of Healing and Reconciliation: Reuniting Our Country After the Election

Announcement: On Sunday, November 13, 3:00-5:00 pm ET, join Marianne Williamson, Rev. Al Sharption, Dr. Oz, Dr. Ben Carlson and others. Hosted by Stephen Dinan of the Shift Network.

  • We come together as Americans who are committed to embody our national motto of E Pluribus Unum and engage in respectful political discourse rather than warfare.
  • We assemble to heal the wounds of the election, recommit to our country’s greater good, and mend the divisions that are threatening to tear us asunder.
  • We will create an inspiring event in our nation’s capital that will be broadcast to gatherings in communities around the country. We will invite local leaders to join in this day of healing and reconciliation.
  • We also call upon our nation to engage in actions that bridge divides.
  • We will unify through uplifting music and pray together, honoring the many faiths that make our country great. We will share words of wisdom, rituals of forgiveness, and appreciative moments.
  • We will go beyond party labels and divisions of class, race, religion, and gender to remember that we are one American family and that all of us are needed in order to fulfill our country’s promise.

When you register for the video broadcast, you’ll also receive a free gift: The American Citizen’s Empowerment Package. This package of MP3 recordings and transcripts will give you powerful insights, strategies and practices for going beyond left and right from over 30 political pioneers. They will support you to engage, evolve and prosper as a conscious citizens in service to a world that works for all.

Register here.

Recommended Organizations to Follow and in Which to Get Involved

LivingRoomConv logoLiving Room Conversations provides a structured format for having conversations that actually get somewhere. The idea is to assemble a group of people with different perspectives and have a rich, meaningful conversation. The group provides topic resources, conversation ground rules and a format that lets everyone take turns speaking.

You need not study up on all of the supporting evidence surrounding your topic because living room conversations are not debates. Rather, they are conversations intended to enhance understanding. You and your friends may change your minds on a topic, or you might not. Either way, these conversations will allow you to better understand the topic you chose.

Living room conversations can transform distrust and discord into understanding — paving the way for collaborative solutions. When we have authentic, respectful conversations we strengthen our relationships and advance our understanding of the challenges, opportunities and solutions before us.

logo horizontalBrand New Congress will will invest in new high-tech, high-paying industries here in America on a massive scale. The effort will catch America up to other industrialized countries by rebuilding our infrastructure and energy system. It will take Wall Street out of the driver’s seat of the economy and put the American people back in control.

Liberty and Justice for All

Everyone from small business owners to rural Americans to African Americans, Latinos and Native Americans have something in common: the distinct feeling that their government is against them and even preying upon their communities, way of life and means of making a living. We will repair and reform all of our institutions from social services and regulatory agencies to elections, policing and our entire justice system. We the People are sick and tired of being targeted, abused, surveilled, micromanaged, nickled and dimed and belittled by our government.

How will BNC do that?

We can only carry out our plan if the American people give our candidates a sweeping majority in Congress and a partner in the White House. It will take at least until 2020 to achieve that. Until then, we'll be running a constant campaign across the whole country to win that majority. In 2018, we'll use however many seats the American people give us to fight as hard as we possibly can for them and show them what we're capable of. We'll shine a light on corruption, act as a watchdog for the people inside the Capital, stop every bad bill and win every part of our plan that we can.

Once we have a majority, Brand New Congress will govern like America has never seen in peacetime before: by actually getting stuff done! There will be no debating or horse trading because the BNC candidates all enter Congress already having agreed on the plan. We'll have all the legislation written and published for review by the people BEFORE the 2018 election! It's what the American people will have elected us to pass and we will pass it on Day One.

It will take at least until the end of 2017 to work out all the details of the legislation. But the basic values, principles and ideas of the BNC plan are available below. Right now, BNC’s Working Group is responsible for leading this process. Once we have a critical mass of candidates, responsibility will shift to them.

The BNC Plan in a Nutshell
Good, Hard, High-paying Work for All

The BNC's plan calls for a mobilization on the scale of World War II one in which every American is called upon to rebuild and repair our communities and our nation. This plan unleashes resources to neighborhoods, local and state governments, small and large businesses and innovators to:

  1. Rebuild and repair local communities starting with those that have been left the farthest behind.
  2. Repair our nation’s crumbling infrastructure starting in the most economically depressed regions of our country.
  3. Give small businesses the competitive edge in rebuilding America.
  4. Build the inevitable free and clean energy economy NOW.
  5. Totally eliminate health care costs for American business.
  6. Build new high-wage, high tech industries that America is missing. Imagine every unemployed person in your community or city suddenly having work, struggling small businesses suddenly on a level playing field with big business, and big business suddenly having access to the same capital, infrastructure and other advantages currently available overseas. Imagine America in action again, here at home, making our living in the best way we know how.

Read more about BNC's plan to rebuild the economy here.

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William Ury's ("Getting to Yes!") The Third Side is a way of looking at the conflicts around us not just from one side or the other but from the larger perspective of the surrounding community. You can have natural sympathies for one side or the other and still choose to take the Third Side.

Taking the Third Side means:

  • Seeking to understand both sides of the conflict
  • Encouraging a process of cooperative negotiation
  • Supporting a wise solution  one that fairly meets the essential needs of both sides and the community

Who are the Thirdsiders?

Any of us can take the Third Side any time at home, at work, in the community, and in the world.

The Third Side is made up of both insiders, such as friends, family, and even the parties themselves, who are in turn actively supported by outsiders, such as neighbors, neutrals, and bystanders.

Think of the Thirdside as five P’s

PEOPLE from the community. Unlike the ultimate arbiter in the form of a king or authoritarian state, the third side is not a transcendent individual or institution who dominates all, but rather the emergent will of the community. It is an impulse that arises from the vital relationships linking each member and every other member of the community.

Using the POWER OF PEERS. The third side possesses the power of peer pressure and the force of public opinion. It is people power. It uses the power of persuasion. It influences the parties primarily through an appeal to their interests and to community norms. In every conflict, there usually exists not just one possible third party but a multitude. Individually, we may not be able to intervene effectively, but collectively we are potentially more powerful than any two conflicting parties. Organizing ourselves into a coalition, we can balance the power between the parties and protect the weaker one.

From a PERSPECTIVE of common ground. While most issues in contention are presented as having just two sides – pro and con, there usually exists a third. From this third perspective, the truth of each competing point of view can be appreciated. Shared interests often come to loom larger than the differences. People remember that they all, in the end, belong to the same extended community.

Supporting a PROCESS of dialogue and nonviolence. Silently or loudly, the Third Side says “No” to violence and “Yes” to dialogue. Thirdsiders urge disputants to sit down and talk out their differences respectfully. They focus, in other words, on the process. To them, how people handle their differences is just as important as what outcome they reach.

Aiming for a PRODUCT of a “Triple Win.” Thirdsiders strive for a resolution that satisfies the legitimate needs of the parties and at the same time meets the needs of the wider community. The goal of the third side is, in other words, a “triple win.”

CompassionConvos 300x102Taking the passive out of compassion and living in ACTION:  #CompassionConvos
#CompassionConvos is a global compassion movement challenging bias through civic engagement and compassionate action. It’s a call to action bringing people together to create individual and systemic change. We are a partner of The Charter for Compassion.

#CompassionConvos evolved from a friendship that developed with Louisa Hext, who is a white, Jewish woman from the UK. As we began to share our life experiences, we discussed invisible privilege, assumptions, denials, and reconciliation and forgiveness. Louisa and I recognized the need for creating safe spaces to have these honest, and healing conversations. As a black woman and mom of two boys, I also realized that as a role model, I had to be truthful about my own biases.

#CompassionConvos are cross-cultural and inter-generational conversations within communities and organizations around difficult and challenging subjects through social media, online and in person. Conversations include but aren’t limited to racism, sexism, homophobia, and xenophobia. Through awareness, education, and dialogue we’re challenged to take action.

In addition to these conversations, we will provide a platform for civic engagement, compassionate action, and storytelling.  We work with people to explore the immense capacity of storytelling and narrative, online and in person, and use as a tool to expression in people’s

Join our Facebook Page: Compassion Convos

ninglogobanner3The Four Worlds International Institute (FWII) was established in 1982, at the University of Lethbridge, by Indigenous elders, spiritual leaders and community members from across Canada and the US.

FWII is an internationally recognized leader in holistic human, community and economic development because of the Institute’s unique focus on the importance of culture and spirituality in all elements of development. During the past 32 years FWII has worked extensively with Indigenous Peoples across the Americas and SE Asia.

The past four years a primary focus of FWII’S North American work is stopping the Alberta Tar Sands through supporting direct action, innovative social media approaches and actualizing International Treaties between Indigenous Nations. These efforts include: The International to Protect the Sacred from Tar Sands Projects, the International Treaty to Protect the Salish Sea and the Nawt-sa-maat Alliance.

headerWhat is The World Peace Pulse?

Imagine what would happen if millions of committed individuals from around the world were ready to mobilize for the sake of world peace at a day's or even a moment's notice!

Our goal is to create a community of peace activists committed to using world synchronized meditations to heal the heart of humanity.

For over twenty years, James Twyman, also known as The Peace Troubadour, has traveled to countries at war to share the prayers of peace from the 12 major religions of the world he put to music in 1994. He has been invited by peace organizations and even the leaders of countries to Bosnia, Iraq, Northern Ireland, South Africa, Syria and many other countries to initiate world synchronized meditations while battles raged around him. Each time millions of people participated, and miracles have often followed. James is also the NY Times bestselling author of fifteen books, has recorded over eighteen albums, and has produced or directed six films.

What is a World Synchronized Meditation?

It has been scientifically proven that massive numbers of people focusing positively on a world situation or crisis actually affects that event in a positive way. Our goal is not to focus on what is wrong or out of balance in the world, but to use our shared energy to manifest a New Earth. When a situation occurs somewhere in the world that requires prayerful focus, tens of millions of people are ready to add their light.

Other websites to Consult


Jonathan Haidt is a professor of social psychology at the University of Virginia. Haidt is the author of The Righteous Mind: Why Good People are Divided by Politics and Religion. In the book, Haidt explains the evolution of morality — how we evolved to have different morals, and how these differences can bind us together into groups that seek victory, not truth, and blind us to our own predispositions. In an era of increasing political polarization, he strives to strengthen understanding and dialogue rather than falling back on the usual partisan accusations of “You just don’t get it!”

Recommended Books 

SacredWorldEisenstein, Charles. The More Beautiful World Know is Possible (North Atlantic Books, 2013).

In a time of social and ecological crisis, what can we as individuals do to make the world a better place? This inspirational and thought-provoking book serves as an empowering antidote to the cynicism, frustration, paralysis, and overwhelm so many of us are feeling, replacing it with a grounding reminder of what’s true: we are all connected, and our small, personal choices bear unsuspected transformational power. By fully embracing and practicing this principle of interconnectedness — called interbeing — we become more effective agents of change and have a stronger positive influence on the world.

Throughout the book, Eisenstein relates real-life stories showing how small, individual acts of courage, kindness, and self-trust can change our culture’s guiding narrative of separation, which, he shows, has generated the present planetary crisis. He brings to conscious awareness a deep wisdom we all innately know: until we get our selves in order, any action we take — no matter how good our intentions — will ultimately be wrongheaded and wronghearted. Above all, Eisenstein invites us to embrace a radically different understanding of cause and effect, sounding a clarion call to surrender our old worldview of separation, so that we can finally create the more beautiful world our hearts know is possible.

With chapters covering separation, interbeing, despair, hope, pain, pleasure, consciousness, and many more, the book invites us to let the old Story of Separation fall away so that we can stand firmly in a Story of Interbeing.

Visit Charles Eisenstein's website here.

cover great tide risingMoore, Kathleen Dean. Great Tide Rising: Towards Clarity and Moral Courage in a Time of Planletary Change (Counterpoint, 2016).

Even as seas rise against the shores, another great tide is beginning to rise – a tide of outrage against the pillage of the planet, a tide of commitment to justice and human rights, a swelling affirmation of moral responsibility to the future and to Earth’s fullness of life.

Philosopher and nature essayist Kathleen Dean Moore takes on the essential questions: Why is it wrong to wreck the world? What is our obligation to the future? What is the transformative power of moral resolve? How can clear thinking stand against the lies and illogic that batter the chances for positive change? What are useful answers to the recurring questions of a storm-threatened time – What can anyone do? Is there any hope? And always this: What stories and ideas will lift people who deeply care, inspiring them to move forward with clarity and moral courage?

Visit Kathleen Dean Moore's website here.

41k9IVG6yL. SX333 BO1204203200 Shoemaker, Paul. Can't Not Do: The Compelling Social Drive That Change Our World (Wiley, 2015).

With so many social challenges facing our world, trying to effect change feels daunting. The problems are complex, the politics murky, and the players innumerable. Yet, every day there are regular heroes making a significant impact on our most intractable social issues.

Can’t Not Do is a catchphrase for the urge that captures the heart of effective social change agents — explaining, in their own words, their passion and drive: “I can’t not do this.” “It’s not that I can do this, it’s that I can’t not.” “I could not imagine not doing something about this issue.” The surprising truth from the trenches is: we already have numerous proven solutions for our many social challenges; what our world needs most, and what most changes our children’s future, are more people prepared and committed to act on their social impulses for the long haul. Innovation helps. Money helps, too. But greater numbers of committed people help the most.

If you feel an internal, persistent call to do more for the world, Can’t Not Do will help you to bridge the gap between “wanting to do” and “doing” — to access the drive of an effective change agent, to break through self-imposed barriers, to learn key principles for success, and to start seeing yourself acting as a change agent.

There is no “secret sauce” someone is born with and no special club needed to be successful at social change. Rather, successful change agents share some fundamental orientations to the world and to their committed cause and, over time, learn certain lessons that help them become more effective. These lessons are reflected in Can’t Not Do in seven seemingly simple questions that provide guideposts and unlock the reader’s potential to make a difference for a social cause they care about.

This isn’t a self-help book. It’s an inspiring narrative intertwined with a “street-readiness” dialogue, between the author and you, between you and your inner aspirations. These are authentic success stories, vital questions, and unconventional answers that can guide and inspire you to realize your greatest potential.

41KUImNmxLSolnit, Rebecca. Hope in the Dark: Untold Stories, Wild Possibilities (Haymarket Books, reprint, 2016).

With Hope in the Dark, Rebecca Solnit makes a radical case for hope as a commitment to act in a world whose future remains uncertain and unknowable. Drawing on her decades of activism and a wide reading of environmental, cultural, and political history, Solnit argued that radicals have a long, neglected history of transformative victories, that the positive consequences of our acts are not always immediately seen, directly knowable, or even measurable, and that pessimism and despair rest on an unwarranted confidence about what is going to happen next.

Originally published in 2004, now with a new foreword and afterword, Solnit’s influential book shines a light into the darkness of our time in an unforgettable new edition. San Francisco writer, historian, and activist Rebecca Solnit is the author of seventeen books about geography, community, art, politics, hope, and feminism and the recipient of many awards, including the Lannan Literary Award, and the National Book Critics Circle Award (forRiver of Shadows; two other books of hers also were nominated for the prize in other years). 

Visit Rebecca Soinit's website here.
51idSm4KvzL. SX329 BO1204203200 1Vance, J.D. Hillbilly Elegy (HarperBooks, 2016).

From a former marine and Yale Law School graduate, a powerful account of growing up in a poor Rust Belt town that offers a broader, probing look at the struggles of America’s white working class. Hillbilly Elegy is a passionate and personal analysis of a culture in crisis — that of white working-class Americans. The decline of this group, a demographic of our country that has been slowly disintegrating over forty years, has been reported on with growing frequency and alarm, but has never before been written about as searingly from the inside. J. D. Vance tells the true story of what a social, regional, and class decline feels like when you were born with it hung around your neck.

The Vance family story begins hopefully in postwar America. J. D.’s grandparents were “dirt poor and in love,” and moved north from Kentucky’s Appalachia region to Ohio in the hopes of escaping the dreadful poverty around them. They raised a middle-class family, and eventually their grandchild (the author) would graduate from Yale Law School, a conventional marker of their success in achieving generational upward mobility.

But as the family saga of Hillbilly Elegy plays out, we learn that this is only the short, superficial version. Vance’s grandparents, aunt, uncle, sister, and, most of all, his mother, struggled profoundly with the demands of their new middle-class life, and were never able to fully escape the legacy of abuse, alcoholism, poverty, and trauma so characteristic of their part of America. Vance piercingly shows how he himself still carries around the demons of their chaotic family history.

A deeply moving memoir with its share of humor and vividly colorful figures, Hillbilly Elegy is the story of how upward mobility really feels. And it is an urgent and troubling meditation on the loss of the American dream for a large segment of this country.

Recommended Articles

“Stop Shaming Trump Supporters,”
“How Half of American Lost Their F****** Mind, (Language Sensitive)

Ideas to Implement

  1. Help us to make the Charter for Compassion's work known in your communities and nationally. Learn more about the Charter through our website:
  2. Collect signatures for the Charter, help build our local and national communities. Millions of signatures can help to produce influence.  Affirm the Charter. Receive our weekly newsletters.
  3. Start a letter writing campaign to our President Elect sending him "love letters" — letters that make it clear that we reject the hateful attitudes expressed in his campaign but that we love and feel compassion for him as the human being that he is which is love at its core and that we lift him up to take actions and lead the country in a way that treats everyone with love and compassion.
  4. Host a vigil your community and invite other communities across the country to hold vigils for compassion, truth, civility and civic responsibility.
  5. Connect with the media. Write editorials. Issue press releases as a compassionate city or a public interest group.
  6. Use Non-Violent Communication processes. Take Thom Bond's Compassion course on-line:
  7. Take care of yourself.
  8. Celebrate the good of your community and our country.
  9. Learn about and from immigrants in your community.
  10. Stop Islamophobia.  Use the Charter's Guidebook on Islamophobia.
  11. Host a "Red Bench" (or other artful sitting place) in your community inviting all who sit on the bench in conversation
  12. Host a Living Room Conversation (consult:
  13. Hug someone who voted for a different Presidential candidate
  14. Talk to someone with different politics and offer words of honoring and appreciation..
  15. Read the Constitution and Bill of Rights.  Select it as a Book Club choice.
  16. Do a random act of kindness for someone with different political beliefs.
  17. Listen more, serve more.
  18. Have a meal with someone on the other side of a divide.
  19. Create intergenerational projects (clean up parks, fill up food pantries, fix broken fences, plan adventures together, talk together, bond together) to better the community.
  20. Participate in #CompassionConvos.
  21. Start dialogues with local law enforcement.
  22. Find ways to strengthen your community (sponsor shareable projects).
  23. Use the Charter to help find what others are doing and get connected with them.
  24. Use your creativity to come up with your own action and share via the Charter for Compassion.

Actions Underway

  1. Connect with your local government. There are close to 400 Compassionate Cities and Communities in 50 countries of the world, close to 190 in the U.S. Work to encourage your community to register and begin an initiative to confront issues in your community that make it "uncomfortable" (individuals who are homeless, children living in excessive poverty, limited healthcare, environment racism, racial and ethnic tensions, etc.). Contact us to begin the process.
  2. Join one of the Charter for Compassion Task Forces: Healthcare, Social Justice, Restorative Justice, Women and Girls. Contact us and let us know of your interest.
  3. Facilitate a year-long study such as reading Twelve Steps to a Compassionate Life.  Austin, TX, is among the communities making plans to do this.
  4. The United Religious Initiative (URI) have begun compiling a list of interfaith events happening to heal our divided nation. If you know of events that need to be added, please email URI at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Visit their website:
  5. Join the Charter for Compassion Women and Girls sector as an Ambassador
  6. Global Task Force: The Global Taskforce of Local and Regional Governments is a coordination mechanism that brings together the major international networks of local governments to undertake joint advocacy relating to international policy processes, particularly the climate change agenda, the Sustainable Development Goals and Habitat III.

Comments Worth Repeating

  • I know from many years of fostering respectful dialogue in online courses that it is not simply loving kindness and compassion that makes for effective communication, but also a willingness and ability to consult credible, factual sources of information. Sadly, the Internet and Fox news have become vehicles for misinformation. As Chief Phil Lane, Jr. stated, we must focus on love, compassion, and justice -- the latter one is very important.
  • Wonderful to have people from other countries here in compassionate solidarity.
  • We have to live day by day with love. Love energy is key... fear destroys. Focus on love and compassion
  • "Let me bring peace into moments of chaos"  ~John Lockwood Huie
  • Listening is one of the most important skills to nurture, honor and foster.
  • Our political divisiveness is born of fear.  Compassion helps dispel that fear.

Endnote: Words from Robert Franklin

[L]ook back to the time of Abraham Lincoln for clues about how to move forward, especially in relation to difficult issues like healing the racial divide and creating a strong economy that benefits all Americans.

Lincoln also helps us to remember that we share the blessing of citizenship in one United States of America. Lots of brave men and women sacrificed their lives to pass this legacy and gift to us.

Consequently, we should be willing to forgive our former opponents. And, we must be willing to commit to strenuous but uplifting common purposes like educating the next generation and eliminating poverty. Authentic faith also reminds us of the importance of humility and not assuming that one party or one tradition possesses all truth.

Finally, faith must strive to achieve inclusive community where all people are welcome and safe, including the nonconformists.

There is no need to refer to people as “deplorable.” Rather, let’s figure out how we find common ground to establish a foundation for empathy and cooperation. And, it is never acceptable to impose special tests or burdens on one segment of the American population, like Muslims, as some politicians suggest.

I hope that the next president will take a page from Lincoln’s second inaugural address and channel the spirit, maybe even borrow his phrase, “with malice toward none and charity toward all … ”

That’s our best chance for healing and moving forward together.

Robert Franklin is the Laney Professor in Moral Leadership at Emory University

It's Time to Make an Urgent Case for a New Global Economy

Donald Trump’s election to the US presidency undermines a vision of the new global economy that was already in crisis. Those of us who believe in a more connected world must make an urgent and compelling case for it.

In his campaign, Trump vowed to restrict the movement of people and goods into the United States, discarding trade agreements, raising tariffs, curtailing immigration, and constructing walls around the nation’s perimeter. His vision for a protectionist and nativist America is in line with the United Kingdom’s vote to abandon open borders with Europe and an anti-immigrant backlash throughout much of the world. There’s more of this to come, as national elections in Europe next year will surely bring leaders into office who have built their careers by demonizing free trade and pluralistic society.

In the face of this tide, it’s important to speak up for open movement of people, ideas, and commerce. Fortunately, the facts are on our side.

  • Freer trade—and trade agreements—are net contributors to economic growth and prosperity.
  • Immigrants are a net contributor to a country’s economic growth. This is true on a macro level, and powerful individual examples are easy to find: Alexander Graham Bell, William Procter and James Gamble, Andy Grove, Elon Musk, and Sergey Brin.
  • Relatedly, being the world’s best training ground and most sought-after home for skilled talent has made the US a model for vibrant companies and job creation. By one count, immigrants have founded one-quarter of all US tech startups.
  • Money spent on building a security industrial complex to police borders yields negative returns compared to investments in education and infrastructure.
  • Companies with more women leaders are more profitable.

Freer trade and liberal immigration policies can have downsides. Some US voters are justifiably upset that the benefits of open trade accrued to big multinationals at the expense of blue-collar workers. A policy of openness needlessly hurts individuals when it’s not accompanied by an honest and compassionate approach to addressing dislocations, and when proper regulation doesn’t prevent wealth from being concentrated in the pockets of a few.

Kevin J. Delaney is editor in chief and co-founder of Quartz

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