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Panelists at the Convergence 10th anniversary symposium cited the organization's ability to create a culture of trust and respect as a key to achieving collaborative success.

Policy dispute mediators reveal their 'secret sauce' for bridging partisan and other divides

After a decade of getting people on opposite ideological sides to find middle ground on some of the country's most divisive policy fights, the nonprofit mediator organization Convergence has decided to celebrate by revealing the "secret sauce" to its collaborative success.

Five people who have first-hand experience with the organization's methodology spoke about what sets its techniques apart at a 10-year anniversary symposium in Washington on Thursday.

The sharing was designed to help others whose work is mired on the long roster of intractable policy disputes, including on many of the issues that are keeping Amercan democracy in poor working order.

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Convergence 10th Anniversary Symposium & Celebration

Organizer: Convergence

For 10 years, Convergence has convened people with divergent views to build trust, identify solutions, and form alliances for transformative action on critical national issues. To celebrate our anniversary, we invite you to explore the impact we've had and imagine the future we can build together. Join us this fall to consider the kind of country we want to live in. Long-time stakeholders, current partners, and new supporters are invited to a unique conversation on what we know and what we dream about in our work supporting breakthrough collaborations on the issues that matter most.

Location: Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP, 2001 K St. NW, 12th Floor, Washington, DC 20006


We are a lean, determined, non-profit organization focused on solving social challenges through collaboration. We bring deep knowledge of policy and process and work with leaders and doers to move past divergent views to identify workable solutions to seemingly intractable issues. We convene people and groups with divergent views to build trust, identify solutions, and form alliances for action on critical national issues.

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