Action Step: Consider a Few Ground Rules

(I want to make it safe for myself and others to be heard)

A Serious Question...

Can we trust each other?

It’s a valid question! We The People can create Civics 2.0 only if we build trust. To grow trust, starts with making a commitment.

The simple act of talking about ground rules helps us to build strong trust with one another.  These 7 ground rules have emerged as a starting place to talk. From this foundation WE can build  both brave and safe exploratory discussions – as we Fight To Understand more and more difficult issues.  Thus, the ground rules are forever under construction.

Consider a Few Ground Rules

  1. Desire to want to find an agreement.
  2. Desire to live within the law including paths to change the law.
  3. Desire to protect confidentiality.
  4. Avoid violence (physical, verbal, emotional, fiscal…).
  5. Act as a jury or scientists seeking truth (or creativity).
  6. Not abandon your fellow New Patriot when seeking truth.
  7. Say “ouch” when it hurts. Call “time out” when needing a break or an outside influence. 

It is absolutely NOT IMPORTANT that you commit to being perfect about the ground rules. It is also not important to sign a form. It IS IMPORTANT that you have an inner desire to learn how to Fight-To-Understand them as a goal.

The final piece of safety that we’ll suggest, is the Circle Model. In the Circle Model, you will see where Liberals and Conservatives collaborate in “the sweet spot / the purple zone,” the many traits we have in common, and how WE need guardrails keep us from crossing-the-line.

Send us a comment about the 7 Ground Rules

Forever under construction


  • That Fighting To Understand is NOT a disguise for socialism. FTU is no more a vehicle for socialism than the intent of our founders: we the people . . . . equal under the law . . . pursuing the inalienable rights of life, liberty and happiness.
  • That Fighting To Understand is NOT a disguised return to “Christian roots.” FTU is rooted in basic human values of inclusive goodwill, which we believe do include Christian values, Jewish values, Muslim values, Hindu values, Buddhist values, Quaker values, etc. The 7 ground rules here are intended to be a foundation from which we can rebuild these shared values.

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