American Politics Can be Fixed and Here’s How
The Michigan State University’s Political Leadership Program (MPLP) have seen over 650 people move from partisan fighters to bipartisan collaborators. Sound impossible? The founder of Bipartisan Leadership Project (BLP) designed a 10-weekend workshop for a mix people preparing to run for public office. The Fellows did not change their political views, but they did change their attitude toward people in the opposite party. They learned skills to solve problems together even when in strong disagreement and gained an optimism that better solutions can be found with healthy collaboration.
Conflicts in our society and in government have always been present and always will. The challenge isn’t to get rid of conflict, the challenge for Members of Congress, Mayors and all elected officials is how to embrace and manage conflict to produce constructive solutions. If a mosaic of 650 die hard Republicans and Democrats graduating from the MPLP can change attitudes and learn new skills that produce bipartisan cooperation, doesn’t it make sense to train thousands for the next generation of elected officials? We have a plan to do just that and need your help.
Our goal is to replicate the Michigan program in every state to train thousands of candidates how to run for office responsibly and serve in office effectively. It can be done.