If you're reading this, chances are you really care about something in your world that needs improving through public policy formation, i.e. the political process. There are two components to the political process:
For example, if you are a Rotarian, you probably joined your local Rotary Club to exercise "Service Above Self" in one of Rotary's Areas of Focus. Rotary's Policy on Politics focuses on the cognitive component and prohibits Rotary Clubs from the material component. The Empathy Surplus Project and its member Caring Citizens' Congress is modeled after Rotary. Two of our founders are Rotarians: Chuck Watts and Anita Lewis. Although we are seeking Rotarian partnerships, you do not have to be a Rotarian to join. We, too, focus on the cognitive component, AND have a material component.
Whatever YOUR area of focus might be, consider the organizational infrastructure we have to offer to implement your policy direction.
We are a 501(c)4 organization focused on building an empathy surplus in our world through respect for and protection and promotion of human rights and human well-being. We are a neighborhood think-and-do media group, modeled after Rotary,committed to building trust for effective governance in our personal spheres of influence with Four Empathic Activities:
We gather on Tuesdays:
In eight to 12 weeks your guest status ends and you either join us or not.
Effective governance is not something caring citizens can simply delegate to elected representatives. Caring citizens have a significant role in framing the debate into which we want our representatives to enter. Joining a Caring Citizens' Congress puts you into a community of practice, a think-and-do media group focused on building an empathy surplus in your personal spheres of influence. Each step of the credentials process is mentored by one of our delegates to underscore the importance of collaboration. The steps are not necessarily in order.
Once a caring citizen has completed the credentials path to membership, s/he is inducted into the Caring Citizens' Congress and receives the following documents for their study.