In the capital city a few years ago, a group of local citizens who happened to know and respect each other in spite of being of different parties, were apparently looking farther down the road than the next election. They predicted the folly of remaining perpetually in two camps and sensed the gridlock that comes of resisting movement toward common ground on what are fundamentally concerns common to all: jobs, health, education, natural resources, public safety and so forth.

The Village Square declared itself a presence here, one intent on not just exploring the partisan divide, but crossing it through a series of community conversations conducted without any official protocol or imprimatur other than a desire to break down some barriers by just doing what they did Tuesday night in the U.S. House Chambers. Sitting down together, elbow to elbow.

This winter, The Village Square is moving forward with its mission. “Two Friends. One Lunch” is a simple, informal concept wherein all you have to do is invite to lunch a friend who’s never quite seen politics your way. Then, as Village Square executive director Liz Joyner puts it, “Explain yourselves to each other a bit (no throwing food), and live to tell us a little bit about it online.” That would be at http://wiki.tothevillagesquare.org. You and your lunch companion will be automatically entered in a contest for dinner tickets to continue the conversation, or start a new one.

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