Updated: Dec 12, 2020
Introduction: The Fight for Our Better Angels
We have three non-traditional article types:
1. Research Driven Storylines
2. In-Depth Analysis
3. Special Reports
“We are not enemies, but friends. We must not be enemies. Though passion may have strained it must not break our bonds of affection. The mystic chord of memory, stretching from every battlefield and patriot grave to every living heart and hearthstone all over this broad land, will yet swell the chorus of the Union, when again touched, as surely they will be, by the better angels of our nature.” Abraham Lincoln, First Inaugural Address, 1861
Often, we make our decisions off of our first whims as we rarely consider the full-picture because we don’t know where to find the information, what information to trust, or simply don’t care to look. The problem is, our better angels – our better nature, is found deep in deep reflection.
Our quick-draw responses are harmful reactions. IN a democracy, especially in the growing complexity of the modern world, understanding divisive points of a debate allows us to function correctly. An ideological debate becomes an emotionally charged attack if we are unable to hold to opposing points. What we get is a society that grows in division despite best efforts for equality.
The final problem comes with tying the entire issue into a single storyline that provides understanding and clarity. That’s why we have created our In-Depth Analysis.
These extended articles will be broken into four parts that can bring a wide-scope to some of our biggest societal questions. Here, we will put the past, present, and future into a single report:
Part I: The Overview
The first part will be an introductory overview that gives a quick scope from statistics to fast facts!
Part II: In 360°
Here, we will dive into the opposing parts of the debate and draw the similarities and differences into one lens. This will be done with two tools:
Reframing: Often, when we begin to make a case for our point, some points may be sorely misunderstood by the opposing side. Here, we will do some ‘translation’ as to the heart of the problem.
Currently Affected: This will give a view of who is currently under question when it comes to the solution.
Part III: The Path
The last part is finding our grounds for optimism, finding our bridges, and discovering the hard realities that block the future path. We will do this with three tools:
Points of Cooperation: This is where we can find agreement.
Road to Implementation: This is going to cover the obstacles that lay in our way.