In the News

Feb 14 2020

The Shepherdstown Chronicle: ‘Talking Politics in an Angry America’: Stubblefield Institute hosts second event in The American Conversation Series

President and Founder of Convergence, Rob Fersh, moderated a panel discussion hosted by the Stubblefield Institute at Shepherd University on February 3rd. The Shepherdstown Chronicle summarized the event, which focused on how to hold productive conversations across political divides.

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Jan 16 2020

How Do We Fix It Podcast: Want Consensus? Try Convergence – Rob Fersh

The How Do We Fix It podcast interviewed Convergence’s President and Founder, Rob Fersh. This episode highlights our work convening people with divergent views to build trust, identify solutions, and form alliances for action on critical issues.

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Jan 1 2020

Forbes: Four Bold Predictions In K12 Education For The Next Decade

“Kelly Young, President of Education Reimagined, believes that both schools and programs will shift toward a student-centered model. ‘I predict that by 2030 learner-centered education will exist as a local option for most kids in the United States reaching young people across lines of geography, race, and socio-economic backgrounds.’ ” – Jabez LeBret.

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Dec 8 2019

Forbes & The Wall Street Journal: Proposals by Convergence’s Long-Term Care Financing Collaborative Cited by 2020 Candidate

“Democratic presidential hopeful Pete Buttigieg has proposed an ambitious plan to reform long-term care finance and delivery in the US. It includes a public catastrophic long-term care benefit, enhancements to the private long-term care insurance market, reform to Medicaid long-term services and supports (LTSS), and higher wages and benefits for direct care workers.” – Howard Gleckman.

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“Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg claimed last month that “everything that we have proposed has been paid for, and we have proposed no tax increase on the middle class.” The South Bend, Ind., mayor is incorrect on both counts: He hasn’t said how he’d pay for all his proposed spending. He has endorsed one explicit tax increase on the middle class, and his recent retirement plan provides an outline for another. Add it up, and middle-class workers could face a trillion dollars in new taxes.” – Chris Jacobs.

Read more in The Wall Street Journal.

Dec 5 2019

Illumine America: Addressing Economic Inequality: Russell Krumnow and Sharona Shuster

“Americans are developing a shared sense that our economy is not working for most of us. It’s undeniable that inequality has become extreme. But why is this? And what should we do about it? In our Office, we’ve been asking: how can our society have conversations about reducing economic inequality without deepening divisions between people and exacerbating conflict? What conditions need to be met before we can have these constructive conversations? And what does it look like to have faith in the capacity of others to contribute constructively?”

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Oct 25 2019

The Fulcrum: 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.”

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Sep 19 2019

C-SPAN: Hearing on Improving Budget and Appropriations Process

Matt Owens, Executive Vice President of the Association of American Universities, and a stakeholder in our Building a Better Budget Process Project, testifies before the Select Committee on the Modernization of Congress about the group’s proposals.

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