3) Find out what makes your college kids tick … at least vis-a-vis politics. One of my daughters was enthusiastic for Hilary, though she didn’t get out and campaign. When I asked her to work for Deval, at first she said she would and then she backed down. Her excuse was: it would be hypocritical for her to campaign because her heart wasn’t in the election or into Deval. (What can we do in the future with that bit of information?)
4) I keep thinking that my own rhetorical skills could be sharper. I mean that in respect to argument and persuasion. I’d love to have some training session on how to listen, engage, and persuade (or use assumptions from the other person’s position to further my own argument). It would help me become a more thoughtful communicator. I want people to leave our interaction with a question, not with an even tighter conviction that they are right.
5) Finally, in my personal computer time I get a lot out of listening to Bloggingheads.tv, which very often presents two people with opposing views talking on a topic. I learned about Bloggingheads.tv from the NYTimes online site, which often links to a discussion. The discussion that is up now ( http://bloggingheads.tv/diavlo… ) is between two religious progressives who are asking what grassroots Democrats need to be doing now.