Can we all just get along better? Idaho native Keith Allred answers a resounding “yes” to that question, and now has a national platform to try and make that happen.
In a new Dialogue episode that premieres Friday, April 26, at 8:30 p.m., Allred, the new executive director of the National Institute for Civil Discourse (NICD), talks with host Marcia Franklin about his vision. The interview encores Sunday, April 28, at 10:30 a.m.
Allred, the Democratic nominee for the Idaho governorship in 2010, is a mediator who founded The Common Interest, a multi-party citizens’ group that studied Idaho legislative issues and came to a consensus on positions. He is taking that model to a national level with a new initiative at NICD called “CommonSense American”.
Although political rancor is high right now, Allred just sees that as an opportunity for positive change. “I have never been more optimistic than I am today,” he tells Franklin.
Allred graduated from Twin Falls High School, and received an undergraduate degree from Stanford University and a Ph.D. from UCLA.