Your Neighborhood Think Tank
A Caring Citizens’ Congress is a neighborhood collaborative think tank, a small community of diplomatic practice. These 1st Amendment gatherings are made up of no more than 13 caring citizens called delegates, registered voters of any political affiliation or no affiliation. These delegates practice 4-Occupy Compassion Exercises to strengthen caring citizenship.
Dr. George Lakoff, author of our consulting materials, two parts to all public policy: material and cognitive. The material policy is about the nuts and bolts of legislation or local ordinances and identifies how things work.
Caring Policy Directions
Cognitive policy is about what the public has to have in its brain in order to support material policy - the idea. Caring Citizens' Congresses focus on cognitive policy called caring policy directions. Our electoral process focuses on precinct and county parties to spread those ideas at the grassroots.
Membership in Your Caring Citizens' Congress
Members of a Caring Citizens' Congress are called delegates or adjuncts. Delegates have voting rights and direct our activity. Their credentials include acknowledging core American values for public governance of empathy and responsibility for self and others. Both require a monthly financial investment. Delegate status requires a larger commitment including embracing the Model Caring Citizens' Congress Constitution.
4-Occupy Compassion Exercises of the Caring Citizen Congressional Delegate
- Inwardly digest the daily need for empathy and responsibility for self and others in public life “in order to form a more perfect Union.”
- Invest in peaceable public assemblies and weekly pledge “our lives, our fortunes, and our sacred honor” to strengthen our occupation of compassion and identify caring policy directions.
- Implement caring policy directions to fulfill our lives, secure our liberties and perfect our pursuit of happiness.
- Invite our neighbors and public officials to inward digestion, to peaceable assembly investment, and to implement compassion in their neighborhoods.
Congressional Ambassador to Council of Compassion
The first ten Congresses will provide one ambassador each to the Council of Compassion, the governing body of the Empathy Surplus Project. Don’t have a neighborhood Congress? Become a new Congress envoy and occupy compassion in your neighborhood.
Contact a Delegate for more information
- Chuck Watts - email@example.com - 937-725-4317
- Kathryn Palmer - firstname.lastname@example.org - 937-302-6836
New Vienna, OH
- Gary Evans - email@example.com - 937-481-1134
- Anita Dobrzelecki (pronounced doab gilette ski) - firstname.lastname@example.org - 937-902-0964
5th Session of the Caring Citizens' Congress Began June 1, 2013
5th Session - June 1, 2013 - May 31, 2014
- Nov - Moved passed 1,300 email subscribers
- Oct - Miriam Speight guest
- Oct 24 - Hosted the free screening of The Invisible War at The Murphy Theatre
- Oct 24 - Hosted the Lamplighter presentation to Kori Cioca
- Oct - David Sharpe and Bill Lierman guests
- Oct - Ten monthly freedom investors reached
- Sep - Reached out to local churches to partner: Wilmington United Methodist Church and Christ Episcopal Church, Dayton, shared Meet Kori at The Murphy flyers in their Sunday bullentins.
- Aug - Reached out to Wilmington College Peace Resource Center to help promote Meet Kori at The Murphy event
- Aug - Reached out to local veterans commission to partner: Co-director sent Meet Kori at The Murphy flyers to their constituents
- Aug - Reached out to local Rotary Clubs to partner and planned participation to Rotary International / United Nations Day at the United Nations in New York City, November 2, 2013.
- Aug - Reached out to Wilmington College to become a weekly gathering venue for Wilmington and partnered with Watson Library on campus Mondays, Student / Faculty Lounge, 5:30 p.m.
- Aug - Made milestone of 1,000 email subscribers
- Jun - Purchased the public viewing license of The Invisible War, featuring Kori Cioca, to promote caring citizenship in Clinton County, OH.
- Jun - Established the Caring Citizen Survey and started using it.
- Jun - Established partnership with Vermont Workers' Center and SPAN Ohio Region 4 Coordinator, Dr. Don Rucknagel, to learn how to use their survey on healthcare as a human right
- Jun - Tom Bensman guest
- Jun - Began session with four delegates from four precincts and two counties in Ohio gathering weekly on Mondays from three locations together via Google hangout
4th Session - June 1, 2012 - May 31, 2013
- May - Nominated through the Healthcare Is a Human Right Collaboration U.S. Coast Guard Seaman Kori Cioca as a Clinton County Lamplighter
3rd Session - June 1, 2011 - May 31, 2012
2nd Session - June 1, 2010 - May 31, 2011
1st Session - August 27, 2009 - May 31, 2010