Join a Better Conversation this Election Season
How are you feeling this election season? If you say disengaged and fatigued, you're not alone. Even the most optimistic among us likely are.
One of the core parts of our mission is to foster a more informed and civil public discourse. To that end, we're offering a way for you to participate in a better conversation this election season.
Join us for a virtual event to discuss the issues that matter most. In partnership with Baruch College, our team has created #TextTalk2016 -- a real-time, text-enabled, face-to-face conversation.
All you need to do is gather a few friends, family members or colleagues around a cell phone. Meet wherever you want at any time before election day and text "BEGIN" to 89800. You'll receive a series of text messages to guide you through a conversation on the top issues this election.
#TextTalk2016 is meant to encourage dialogue that is personally meaningful, that stimulates thinking about actions you want to take, and that is part of a much larger conversation on the present and future of the country.
We hope to hear your stories of how #TextTalk2016 started a conversation that inspired new thinking and action. Send your comments to firstname.lastname@example.org or tweet a selfie of your group with #TextTalk2016.
How the Process Works
-- Participants form into groups of 3-4 people and receive a welcome text, followed by dialogue & polling questions about the campaign, such as "How likely are you to vote this November? A) Very likely, B) Somewhat likely, C) Not likely".
-- Each participant texts in a response and receives a text with the next question.
-- Participants also get texts with links that show the aggregated results of the polling in real time.
-- Guidelines include: "1. Listen w/ respect, 2. It's OK to disagree but don't make it personal, 3. What's said here stays here."
-- Responses to the questions will be recorded anonymously.
TextTalk2016 was made possible in partnership with Baruch College, and can be utilized until the presidential election on November 8th.
The TextTalk platform can be used in other settings as well. Working with our partner, OneCounts, our team can create a similar text-enabled engagement platform and customize questions just for your needs. This is a great tool for public engagement on regional issues like transportation, housing and resiliency planning, and for issues that are statewide or national in scope.
For more information on incorporating this and other innovative engagement strategies in your work, contact Nicole Hewitt.