It was a short, but eventful week! We put an old year in the books, ushered in a new one, and swore in the most diverse Congress in history.
We’re kicking off the blog with a Spectrum Exercise: Where do you stand on the Electoral College? We want you to weigh in from one person one vote to leave it unchanged. Cohort III spent time with this question in April 2018 and the discussion was powerful. On January 3, Rep Steve Cohen (D-TN) introduced a constitutional amendment to eliminate the Electoral College. So here we are, we’ll all have a chance to array ourselves on the spectrum as the discussion about the Electoral College heats up.
CtK Alums continued to work hard to move the needle on national conversations.
Jose Antonio Vargas teamed up with photojournalist Russell Monk to offer a Portrait From A Caravan, a look at some of the people hoping to get into the United States.
Jen Pahlka and Code for America were recognized for their work using their Clear Your Record program to clear marijuana convictions in places where it has been legalized. Mashable named it one of the 14 innovations that helped make the world a better place in 2018.
DJ Patil reminded us:
CtK is hitting the road again in January! Lori Brewer Collins and Loretta Yenson will be in Knoxville, TN working with newly elected TN legislators at the Baker Center at UT. After that, Lori will be in Chicago with students at the University of Chicago IOP and facilitating leadership development with leaders in Leadership Greater Chicago. In early February, a group of Campfire alums are convening to launch the podcast, finalize the Alumni Retreat, and reconnect over 2019 spectrum exercises.
And Cultivate the Karass founder Lori Brewer Collins sent us into the year with gratitude:
Join us as we launch this year with optimism and excitement creating more #LoyalAntagonists!