People have noticed us.
Read Kathleen Parker’s column on us HERE and reference to us HERE. We presented last summer at the Florida League of Cities conference. Find their article about us HERE. Find other press coverage HERE.
Here is what some of the people we’ve met are saying about us:
“American character is a grassroots operation. It starts there. To sign a pledge is great, but to make anything happen you have to do something and that’s what [The Village Square has] done and it’s a wonderful prototype for what we’re trying to do.” — Syndicated columnist Kathleen Parker responding to Tom Brokaw who asked if there is a modern day John Wayne of civility
The Village Square plays a key role not only at Florida’s capital city, Tallahassee, but also as an example nationally of addressing policy issues with civility and inclusiveness…” —Former NATO Ambassador David Abshire, President of the Center for the Study of the Presidency and author of Challenging Our Next President
“By gathering local and state politicians of mutually opposed political persuasions under one roof and asking them to break bread together, The Village Square is supporting an ancient and durable principle of civilization: It’s harder to hate the enemy face to face. In reasserting that principle, The Village Square isn’t just promoting better government. It’s helping to lay the foundation for a better America.” —John Marks, Journalist, Novelist, Former 60 Minutes Producer and author of “Reasons to Believe: One Man’s Journey Among the Evangelicals and the Faith He Left Behind”
“In the age of shouting, when polarization divides the public and wins the day, the Village Square is a ready remedy. People learn, people listen, sometimes they even change their minds. And all the while they are coming together with a shared concern about the quality of civic fabric. I can think of 350 or so American cities that would benefit from a similar enterprise.”–Stephen P. Kiernan, Author of Authentic Patriotism: Restoring America’s Founding Ideals Through Selfless Actions
“You are doing great and important work with The Village Square.” —Bud Krogh, former Nixon administration official and author of “Integrity: Good People, Bad Choices and Life Lessons from the White House”
“Thanks for helping pigs fly at The Village Square.” —Craig Detweiler, Co-director of Fuller Theological Seminary’s Reel Spirituality Institute, Author of “Purple State of Mind”
“The Village Square is the real-world vision of where the Purple idea can go. Anyone who wants to get a distant glimpse of a better American future should check out her organization right away.” — John Marks, author and journalist