Transpartisanship represents an emerging field in political thought distinct from bipartisanship, which aims to negotiate between “right” and “left,” resulting in a dualistic perspective, and nonpartisanship, which tends to avoid political affiliation altogether. Rather, transpartisanship acknowledges the validity of truths across a range of political perspectives and seeks to synthesize them into an inclusive, pragmatic container beyond typical political dualities.
In practice, transpartisan solutions emerge out of a new kind of public conversation that moves beyond polarization by applying proven methods of facilitated dialogue, deliberation and conflict resolution. In this way it is possible to achieve the ideal of a democratic republic by integrating the values of a democracy -- freedom, equality, and a regard for the common good, with the values of a republic -- order, responsibility and security. Current examples of transpartisan initiatives include Reuniting America, Liberty Coalition
Transpartisanship is an emerging field that advocates pragmatic and effective solutions to social and political problems, transcending and including preexisting political ideologies. Transpartisanship encompasses the idea that all systems are inextricably interconnected, and that successful outcomes can best be reached through inclusive, genuine, and respectful cooperation. Transpartisan democracy, in part, seeks to reintegrate the public’s voice in identifying, debating, and shaping governmental policies, while continuing to protect the sovereignty of the individual.
The term “Transpartisanship” has emerged to provide a meaningful alternative to “Bipartisanship,” and “Nonpartisanship.” Bipartisanship limits the dialogue process to two political viewpoints or entities, striving for compromise solutions. Nonpartisanship, on the other hand, tends to deny the existence of differing viewpoints in exchange for cooperation. Both the bipartisan and nonpartisan approaches can discount the multiplicity of viewpoints that exist, which often results in incomplete and therefore unsuccessful outcomes. In contrast to these, transpartisanship recognizes the existence and validity of many points of view, and advocates a constructive dialogue aimed at arriving at creative, integrated, and therefore, breakthrough solutions that meet the needs of all present.
A close relative of transpartisanship is Integral politics. A transpartisan approach to policy would necessarily include individual and collective, as well as subjective and objective, perspective. Furthermore, similar to Integral theory, transpartisanship places politics in a developmental context, viewing democracy and prosperity not as static attainments, but rather emergent properties along a continuum of developmental stages.
The thrust of the "transpartisanship" notion is that our political parties, while a critical part of our way of government, may not, on their own, be able to resolve certain kinds of problems, even within the "third way" context. Thusly, "transpartisan" is a way of saying it becomes critical that we access all of the available stakeholders, interest groups, and specific perspectives in a process of finding more innovative solutions to complex problems. There are several variations on this process itself, that we also put under th heading of MeshWORKs Solutions. The term "meshwork" comes from brain science as the attempt is made to explain how the neurological system brings together its chemicals, networks, supportive cells, and specific processes functions to create a gestalt, viewing/judgmental platform, or even worldview.
One can find "transpartisan" elements within the framework of Corporate Lifecyles, created by Professor Ichak Adizes over years of analysing the life cycle in human organizations, When such an organization moves beyond prime and in various aspects of ageing, he recommends what he calls a CAPI process. Coalescing Authority, Power, and Influence so that all three are around the same table at the same time. Another variation can be found in the well documented concept call Value Engineering or Value Management, first used by Larry Miles at GE and currently used by Boeing in the design of the 787 airplane. This high level participation in decision-making requires more complex thinking and action than the heavy consensus or win:win negotiation models.
So, "transpartisanship" is in striking contrast to even bi-partisan approaches.