I am a civil engineer in Oklahoma, originally from the DFW suburbs in Texas.
Being a "Centrist" means always imagining that the "other" side of the issue is in the room. That makes your arguments better, and it makes you more compassionate. I got involved in The Centrist Project because I see people talking past each other, and I don't know what to do about it.
I am passionate about education. My mother is an educator. Becoming an engineer requires a lot of education. Democracy requires a lot of education. It is every citizen's birthright to understand our institutions and contribute to them. It is every citizen's responsibility to equip the next generation with media literacy so they can protect themselves from people who would take advantage of them.
Krista Tippett, of On Being and the Civil Conversations Project, titled one radio episode, "Sidling Up to Difference." Starting with what we have in common, such as children on the same sports team or an interest in gardening. My natural inclination is to jump right into the issues, but watching the train wreck that was the 2016 election cycle, I have come to think that we need to step back, go out of our way to get to know people, and slowly rebuild trust.