Look to 'civic watersheds' to calm the political turbulence of our times


If "politics is downstream from culture," an observation shared by commentators on both the right and the left, then it's worth paying more attention to the upstream experiences that shape our political views.

Cue the Oregon Values and Beliefs Center (OVBC), which recently explored how our day-to-day experiences in our neighborhoods and communities feed a cooperative civic culture that is barely visible beneath our turbulent politics.