Hi, looking ahead to the other side of the social distancing restrictions, I am seeking fellow independent-minded political junkies to form an experimental, citizen-based “brain trust” based on discussing and developing new strategic communication modes. The idea is cultivate a local model of “intellectual capital” based on an honest appraisal of society, and to use our goodwill and respect for honesty to counter the negative influences infecting civil discourse. Fun exercises related to political perception and rhetoric might be among some of the activities. We would share a meal as we experiment with cultivating a model of civic engagement freed of agendas and focused on reconsidering and reinvigorating the concept of “American” principles and shared values. I have a goal in mind; but first I need to see who else is around who might appreciate and welcome this kind of neighborly engagement.