Action Step: Consider a Few Ground Rules for Our Road Trip
(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, version 4.0, is only possible if we build trust. To grow trust, starts with a commitment.
The simple act of talking about ground rules helps us to build strong trust with one another. These 3 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 understand and support your community.
- 2. Desire to understand and love your neighbor.
- 3. Bring your whole self, including your passions (without being offensive).
- 4. Desire to be open minded.
- 5. Exercise a spirit of curiosity.
- 6. Be willing to learn from other’s different viewpoints.
Send us a comment about the Ground Rules
The original 18 collaborators for the book: Is America Broken? developed these 7 ground rules. A similar, yet unique perspective.
- Desire to seek harmony, like an orchestra.
- Desire to live within the law, including paths to change the law.
- Protect confidentiality and equal opportunity.
- Do no harm (physical, verbal, emotional, fiscal…).
- Act as scientist / explorers / jury seeking the truth.
- Do not abandon your fellow explorer.
- Say “ouch” when it hurts. Call “time out” when needing a break or an outside influence.
WE ALSO PROMISE:
- 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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