Civility is the natural state for people who know how limited their own individual powers are and know, too, that they need the conversation. They are useless without the conversation.
– David Brooks
The guy who thought of the metaphor of asteroids
Jonathan Haidt is a social psychologist and Professor of Business Ethics at the NYU-Stern School of Business. He is the author of over 80 academic articles and two books: “The Righteous Mind: Why Good People are Divided by Politics and Religion” and “The Happiness Hypothesis.” He is the co-developer of Moral Foundations theory, and of the research site YourMorals.org. He uses his research to help people understand and respect the moral motives of their enemies (see CivilPolitics.org and – uh – AsteroidsClub.org). His homepage is here.
President (because real clubs have to have presidents)
Steve Seibert has served as an elected official and state agency director in Florida. He is a lawyer, an award winning mediator, a professional futurist (now you know why we made him president) and was described by the Tampa Bay Times as one of Florida’s “significant thinkers.” He brings a lifetime of dispute resolution and policy-making experience – and significant thinking – to The Asteroids Club and to The Village Square as a member of its board of directors. Email Steve at firstname.lastname@example.org so he can feel presidential.
Chief Implementation Officer of Significant Thinking & Bright Ideas (like deflecting asteroids)
As the Executive Director of Florida nonprofit The Village Square, devoted to growing civil dialogue across the partisan divide, Liz Joyner clearly likes a challenge. And dealing with a few asteroids headed toward earth seemed like a cakewalk in comparison to trying to get politicians to behave respectfully toward each other. You can reach Liz at email@example.com if you ever want to suggest similar insane challenges like breaking the space-time continuum.
Real-Life Asteroid Deflecting Superhero
As the Webmaster with The Village Square, Matt has submitted himself to about seven years of harebrained schemes. With this adventure, the tradition continues. Type in firstname.lastname@example.org if you’ve got a web (or asteroid) related issue.