Urban Rural Divide

The American Flag, representing ALL of the 50 states
The American Flag, representing ALL of the 50 states

This election season has been one for the ages.  It’s interesting to hear all of the different reactions to the election.  I think the response of those that supported Hillary are showing us why this has happened in the first place.  There is a massive chasm between the issues and concerns in the cities and those in the rural areas.  Most of the time people that live in the urban areas don’t even think about the people that live in the country.  They certainly don’t concern themselves with those that live way out in the little towns of what most view as fly-over states.

Most of the time that lack of concern doesn’t cause any issue.  However, that lack of empathy for rural America following this election is only going to fuel the division.  Election protesters are name calling fellow Americans because they exercised their right to vote for the candidate that they felt would represent them best.  A vote for a candidate is not vouching for that person.  That vote only means that you feel like they align more with your particular interests. Continue reading “Urban Rural Divide”

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The Radical Middle

This video that Sustainable Northwest put together shows the commitment to the resources and the people of the Northwest.  This commitment to collaboration in rural communities is critical for the environment and the economy.  

I applaud these efforts and a look forward to many more successful stories of solutions brought to light by people who care.  

Interests vs. Positions

What in the world does that mean?  I think it’s one of the three legs of the stool for successful collaboration.  It’s often the one that is most easily overlooked.  They are:

  1. Trust between the parties
  2. Open communication
  3. Focus on interests, not positions

Most people or organizations create positions or polices to protect their interests.  This is a seemingly good thing to do.  And whats wrong with that?  There isn’t anything wrong with it, but it can certainly be taken the wrong way and it gives little room for discussion.  When parties are trying to solve complex issues, positions can become impediments.  When we realize that our interests are much more important to protect than our positions we can find space for a breakthrough. Continue reading “Interests vs. Positions”