Political and Social Fragmentation

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Political and Social Fragmentation

Splintering in politics and society is felt at the local level, not just in DC and statehouses. Trend is unlikely to reverse, but chambers have an opportunity in the “sane center.”

Dig Deeper


The Big Sort; Bill Bishop

  • America may be more diverse than ever coast to coast, but the places where we live are becoming increasingly crowded with people who live, think, and vote like we do.

“A Polarized America Lives as It Votes”; Charles Babington, Chamber Executive Magazine, Fall 2014

  • Republicans and Democrats are more divided now than at any point in two decades—and that the divisions aren’t limited to the ballot box.

“The Business of Advocacy”; Mick Fleming, Chamber Executive Magazine, Spring 2016

  • Why chambers shouldn’t “sit out” their obligation to advocate for business.
Ask Yourself


Have you staked a claim as the “voice of reason” or “sensible adult” in policy conversations in your community? To build credibility and influence, most chambers have to reach beyond existing capacity and become “smarter than we are.” Consider these strategies:

  • Tap member companies that have expertise in key areas
  • Utilize universities for research
  • Host a summit or symposium that offers multiple perspectives on a divisive policy topic
  • Actively mediate or broker compromises in the community
  • Hire consultants for specific research or professional polling
Ask Yourself


Has your organization implemented new ideas inspired by the Horizon Initiative? Email notes about your innovation to Horizon@ACCE.org to share with the chamber industry. Be sure to include links.