Historian Iric Nathanson on Minnesota's Grand Consensus Print E-mail

 

"Minnesota's Grand Consensus"

Its Implications for Contemporary Consensus Building

 

 

 Tuesday, January 15
6 p.m. Pizza and Salad Buffet               6:30 p.m. Program

Brooklyn Park City Council Chambers

5200 85th Avenue North

 

 

The Civility Caucus - Speaking on the recently activated Civility Caucus, Dave Bartholomay, Program Coordinator for the Office of Collaboration and Dispute Resolution (OCDR) located within the Minnesota Bureau of Mediation Services, commented that ideas from the past need to be revisited to determine what worked and what didn’t. The Civility Caucus was formed by MN legislators on January 17, 2018 in response to the “One Minnesota” National Institute for Civil Discourse workshop put on for legislators by the U of M Humphrey School of Public Affairs and others.
the grand consensus graphicThe Minnesota Miracle - Minnesota historian Iric Nathanson will revisit MN’s past at our January 15th meeting to explain MN's history of consensus between its Republican and Democratic party members that contributed to the success of the state.  He will discuss how the state's history of arriving at consensus could inform both legislators and the public on successful methods for coming to agreement which could contribute to collaborative legislative outcomes in the upcoming session.  Nathanson’s discussion of Minnesota’s Grand Consensus will draw from decisions arrived at after committees of both Republican and Democratic legislators and of Metropolitan Council members had spent a great deal of time in discussion to arrive at their recommendations. Their successful process and procedures are relevant not only for state legislators, but also for organizations seeking to influence them.

 

Thrive by Design with Tips from MN’s Past Success - Getting people of different backgrounds and viewpoints together to create public policy that will serve them well is currently an important part of decision making and policy promotion by elected officials as well as nonpartisan organizations.  For example, Governor-elect Tim Walz and his running mate Peggy Flanagan recently conducted a statewide listening tour.  Peter Callaghan of MinnPost reported on their recent meeting in north Minneapolis. He quoted Peggy Flanagan who opened the meeting with a statement of why they are there, “We want to make sure … that the folks directly affected by policy should have a seat at the table.  It’s time for you all to pull up your chairs because we have work to do, and we need to hear from you.”  One Minnesota and Growth and Justice convened a Thriving by Design Blueprint Convening in Hinckley December 10 and 11th to seek Minnesotans best thinking on how to achieve a more equitable and inclusive  Minnesota, a state that is vibrant and welcoming. 

 

Dave Bartholomay, has remarked that “the Civility Caucus is a wonderful idea . . . at the beginning of its life.”  It is a volunteer effort by legislators hoping to build better relationships.  The OCDR which assists the Civility Caucus with forums for executive and legislative branches, also assists cities, and counties on contentious public policy issues.  As called for by Dave Bartholomay, expect that Iric Nathanson’s overview of MN’s successful past will contribute to upcoming efforts of the Civility Caucus, the OCDR, as well as your participation in discussions of how pubic policy affects you.  Join us on January 15th for Iric's insights from past elected officials that will enhance your contribution to shaping public policies.


Iric Nathanson is the author of five books on Minnesota history. His 2010 book, Minneapolis in the 20th Century:  the Growth of a City, published by the Minnesota Historical Society, was finalist for a Minnesota book award.  His most recent book is Don Fraser: Minnesota’s Quiet Crusader which gives an account of how communities can work together for change.  Iric Nathanson is a reporter for MinnPost.

 

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