Challenge... or Opportunity?


So, that was... something.

One of our board members sent me an email yesterday, and mentioned that she was hoping that the media was making the end of session seem worse than it was. I was in the capitol building on Sunday night/Monday morning, and I can tell you, the news was not overhyped. It was bad.

In an arena where the words "shocked" and "appalled" have been overused to the point where they don't mean anything, those are the only words I can use to describe the faces of people in the capitol. In the hallway outside the chambers, I watched lobbyists and staff and former legislators gathered around tv screens. A rough count of one group reflected probably 300 years of capitol experience. These are not people who are shocked easily. They know the game. And they were stunned.

Sunday night was historic and transformative -- but not in a good way.

"So... we have some work to do." was the only commentary I allowed myself to tweet that night. But the MLK Jr quote, "A riot is the language of the unheard" was the line that kept running through my head.

As an organization we value nuance, and the idea that two things can be true at the same time. This situation was chock-full of nuance and probably 19 things being true at the same time. So instead of issuing a statement, I wanted to take a day or two to digest.

I think everybody could agree that we can do better. And in all of this disappointment and hurt feelings and angst, therein lies an opportunity. For leaders to come together and figure out how to do things better, how to improve rules or customs, and how to center relationships and communication, to make sure this kind of thing never happens again.

Some people believe that this is the beginning of the end. I think this is a new beginning.

Keep the faith, friends.

Do brave things,


Shannon Watson

Founder & Executive Director

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NPR is instituting changes in reaction to a former colleagues' criticism over viewpoint diversity.

The Civility Caucus is highlighted for their work crossing the aisle.

Principle Based Politics founder Quentin Wittrock recently ended his campaign for Congress. He reflects on the experience in a blog post.

Annette Meeks, RT Rybak, and Shannon all weighed in on the caucus conversation on the Star Tribune editorial page. (Spoiler alert: make a plan now to vote in the primary in August!)

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