You have to look at where people live. It’s not states. States are the wrong way to look at how people live. People live in communities. It’s at that community level that people are becoming more segregated.
Bill Bishop, author of “The Big Sort: Why the Clustering of Like-Minded America is Tearing Us Apart”
The original Village Square, where the seeds began germinate in 2006 when local leaders who were friends found themselves on opposite sides of a divisive local issue that made it clear the community lacked a shared civic space for conversation between people who didn’t see things the same way. The Village Square hosts about 20 civic forums every year in Tallahassee, providing a model for new locations and others across America working to bridge the partisan divide. Find Village Square Tallahassee online here.
Fort Lauderdale/Broward, Florida
In Broward County, the Village Square is a partnership between the Village Square and Broward College. The College will host a variety of large community forums/events every year that provide a safe and comfortable forum for civic engagement on diverse matters of local, state and national importance. Our events are planned by our Advisory Board members who are community leaders from across Broward County, that comprise of Democrats, Republicans and Independents. Our Advisory Board is represented by City and County Commissioners, educators, business owners/professionals and religious/non-profit leaders. Find Village Square in Broward online here.
In Sacramento the Village Square is a project of Valley Vision, a nonprofit stewardship organization that tackles economic, environmental and social issues. A thriving part of the Sacramento community for over two decades, their vision is a prosperous and sustainable region for all generations. Learn more about Valley Vision online here. Find the Village Square Sacramento Chapter online here. Our expansion to California is supported through a generous grant from the Reid Hoffman Foundation.
The Village Square in Salt Lake City is being launched by a team of people representing a diverse “socio-political brew,” lead by Dr. Jacob Hess of All of Lifeand in partnership with and with funding support fromLiving Room Conversations. With Dr. Phil Neisser, Jacob co-authored a book on liberal-conservative dialogue entitled, “You’re Not as Crazy as I Thought (But You’re Still Wrong)” – featured on NPR’s This American Life. Find the Village Square Salt Lake City online here. Find upcoming programming by clicking here.