Events

October 1, 2020

A Toast to Rob Fersh | Virtual Celebration

On Thursday, October 1, 2020, Convergence held a special virtual event to celebrate the pioneering vision and leadership of Convergence Founder, Rob Fersh. At “A Toast to Rob Fersh,” we celebrated Rob’s lifetime of work dedicated to bridging divides, building lasting relationships of trust, and finding solutions to our country’s most intractable issues. We also celebrated his transition into his new Senior Advisor role at Convergence!

Special guests – close to Rob and Convergence – shared reflections about Rob’s impact on Convergence and the field. Participants engaged with the Community about the ways in which Rob has brought us together with his unifying vision of collaborative problem-solving and helped us thank Rob for his leadership.

Watch the Zoom recording of the virtual celebration below.

Even if you were not able to join us for this event, we ask that you please consider making a special gift to Convergence in Rob’s honor. There is no better way to pay tribute to his inspiring vision than to ensure it continues for many years to come! Your gift in Rob’s honor will help us launch new projects dedicated to America’s recovery, help us drive awareness about the power of bridging divides, and help us secure Convergence’s future.


September 24, 2020

Edwards Mediation Academy | Webinar

Convergence Founder, Rob Fersh, was the featured speaker at an Edwards Mediation Academy webinar on Thursday, September 24th from 11am-12pm EST. Bruce Edwards, a current member of Convergence’s Leadership Council, interviewed Rob about ways to overcome differences and build consensus on some of the the most challenging issues that are facing all of us around the world today. The conversation includes key elements Convergence has used to bridge divides on major national issues and how to build relationships of trust.

Watch the recording below!

Additionally, you can read the audience Q&A from the event, where Rob and Bruce address some pressing questions and provide helpful insight for applying Convergence’s process during this particularly challenging year.


June 24, 2020

Our Voices Matter Podcast | Dialogue, Diversity & Solutions With Guest David Eisner

Convergence CEO David Eisner was featured on the Our Voices Matter Podcast. Convergence Board Member and Emmy Award winning broadcast journalist Linda Lorelle interviewed David and discussed how Convergence is helping to find solutions for America’s recovery.

Watch and listen to the podcast episode.


June 4, 2020

Leadership Council Meeting | Virtual Event

Convergence’s Leadership Council is an advisory body consisting of a diverse group of professionals from the fields of policy, business, mediation, non-profits, and more. The group meets three times a year to learn the latest news from Convergence’s projects, inform organizational strategy, and engage with one another. Guests and new friends are invited to participate in the conversations and add to our brain trust.

Watch the Zoom recording of the virtual meeting below. Meeting highlights are provided on our June 2020 LC Meeting Recap page.

Invitation only.
Learn more.

For more information, contact dusie@convergencepolicy.org.


May 26, 2020

Rotary E-Club of World Peace | Virtual Meeting

Convergence Founder, Rob Fersh, was interviewed by Philip Hellmich (Director of Peace at The Shift Network) at the Rotary E-Club of World Peace weekly meeting on 5-26-2020 where he answered multiple questions, including:

1) What are the fundamental processes deployed at Convergence and what makes this process distinctive?
2) What is the range of successful works at Convergence and are there situations where the approach may not be as successful?
3) How might the Convergence principles and approaches apply elsewhere even in people’s everyday lives?

Watch the Zoom recording of the event below.


April 6, 2020

Lessons Learned: Voting During COVID-19 | Webinar

Convergence along with our partners at the Consensus Building Institute (CBI) have been researching a potential project using our unique dialogue-to-action methodology that might bring diverse stakeholders together to improve elections. As we continue investigating a longer-term project on reforms that can put voters at the center of elections, we recognize there is an urgent debate happening now on how best to conduct elections during the current pandemic.

Convergence held a webinar where we discussed potential solutions to ensure this November’s election can be conducted safely and learn from two county election officials who recently held primaries for their insights.

Speakers:
Brian Corley, Supervisor of Elections, Pasco County, Florida
Barb Byrum, Ingham County Clerk, Michigan

Watch the Zoom recording of the event below.


March 11, 2020

Convergence in California | Zoom Webinar

Program Highlights: President and Founder Rob Fersh offered updates on how Convergence is making a difference in a time of intense polarization; California Project Director Vicki Veenker moderated a panel of stakeholders who participated in our California Health Reform Initiative in a discussion of bridging divides in the Golden State; Former Assemblywoman Catharine Baker shared comments about critical issues in California where division stands in the way of progress; and All guests had the opportunity to help Convergence think about where to apply our unique process next!.

For more information, visit our Eventbrite page.

Watch the Zoom recording of the event below.


March 7, 2020

The Philanthropy Workshop Global Summit | Napa, CA

Rob Fersh, President and Founder of Convergence, served as a panelist at The Philanthropy Workshop’s 2020 Global Summit for a discussion entitled “A Democracy for the Future.” The panel discussed questions such as “Will democracy continue to be a viable socio-political structure?” and “For those not yet ready to give up on the ideals of just and representative democracies, how will our systems, structures, movements, and citizens adapt?” The goal was to bring the “big questions” down to an actionable level and discuss meaningful ways to promote and support a healthy democracy.

See event agenda.


February 3, 2020

The American Conversation Series: Talking Politics in An Angry America | Stubblefield Institute at Shepherd University, WV

Rob Fersh, President and Founder of Convergence, moderated a panel discussion hosted by the Stubblefield Institute at Shepherd University in Shepherdstown, WV on February 3rd. The purpose of the forum was to discuss how to hold productive conversations across political divides.

Watch here.


February 3, 2020

PathNorth Series on Civility | Washington, D.C.

Rob Fersh, President and Founder of Convergence, spoke at a luncheon as part of The John and Margaret Dalton PathNorth Series on Civility in Washington, DC.

Invitation only.
Learn more.


December 12, 2019

How to Ensure Successful Reentry After Prison | Commonwealth Club San Francisco, CA

Stephanie McGencey, Senior Director of Reentry Ready, and Professor Marc Morjé Howard of Georgetown University, a stakeholder in the Reentry Ready Project, shared recommendations for improving reentry outcomes at the Commonwealth Club in San Francisco on December 12th.

Listen to the podcast.


October 24, 2019

Leadership Council Meeting: Convergence’s 10th Anniversary | Washington DC

Convergence friends and supporters celebrated this important milestone and launched our second decade.

Registration Closed.

We are seeking sponsors at all levels to support Convergence’s 10th Anniversary and to help us into the future! Click here for more information.


September 19, 2019

Building a Better Budget Process Project testifies in front of the Select Committee on the Modernization of Congress | Washington DC

Matt Owens, Executive Vice President of the Association of American Universities, and a stakeholder in the Building a Better Budget Process Project, shared the group’s proposals for budget process reform.

Watch here.

For more information, contact omar@convergencepolicy.org.


September 17, 2019

Not So Hopelessly Divided: Finding Common Ground on Issues of Major Public Concern | San Francisco CA

Rob Fersh presented at The Mediation Society’s Annual Members Dinner & Installation of Officers to discuss ways to find common ground.

Invitation only.

For more information, contact jag@convergencepolicy.org.


September 12, 2019

Reentry Ready Chat | Twitter

Join #ReentryReady stakeholders as they discussed how we can improve what happens during incarceration to achieve better reentry outcomes.

Review the Twitter Moment.


August 29, 2019

Better Angels Conversation with Rob Fersh| Online

Our President and Founder talked with Better Angels members about Convergence’s work, sharing techniques for building trust and making progress on difficult issues.

Watch the full discussion here.


July 23, 2019

Conversation with Convergence | Baltimore MD

Convergence is hosted a salon in Baltimore.

Invitation only.

For more information, contact leigh@convergencepolicy.org.


July 16, 2019

House Democracy Partnership Forum | Washington DC

Rob Fersh moderated a panel called, “Combating Polarization and Enhancing Cross-Party Communications” at the House Democracy Partnership Forum. Party leaders discussed opportunities for cross-party collaboration, in addition to techniques for working across the aisle that encourage unity on matters of national interest.


June 26, 2019

Reentry Ready Release Event | Washington DC

The Reentry Ready Project team shared their recommendations for supporting successful return from prison and reintegration back into society. Reentry Ready stakeholders and three formerly incarcerated individuals from the Community Family Life Services Speakers Bureau described breakthrough strategies designed to transform the current system to improve reentry success. Senator Tim Kaine opened the event with remarks about the importance of reforming the current system.

Registration Required.

For more information, contact morgan@convergencepolicy.org.


April 11, 2019

JAMS Honors Convergence Center for Policy Resolution | Minneapolis, Minnesota

Convergence receives the JAMS Foundation’s 11th Annual Warren Knight Distinguished Service Award at the American Bar Association’s 2019 Annual Spring Conference in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The award recognizes the work that Convergence has done utilizing collaborative problem-solving to find solutions to the nation’s toughest problems.

For more information, contact sjerison@convergencepolicy.org.


March 25, 2019

The Dignity of Work: Putting Workers at the Center of a Divided Economy | Georgetown University, Washington DC

Work done by Convergence, Brookings, American Enterprise Institute, Convergence, and Bread for the World has cut through the partisan and ideological stalemates and proposed policies and private sector actions to address the needs of employers and workers. This Public Dialogue brings together key participants in these cross-sector efforts and other respected leaders to explore how we can promote the dignity of work and workers in American life.

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For more information, contact russell@convergencepolicy.org.


March 6, 2019

A Conversation with Convergence | New Jersey

Convergence is hosting a salon.

For more information, contact christina@convergencepolicy.org.


February 21, 2019

Leadership Council Meeting | San Francisco, CA

Convergence’s Leadership Council is an advisory body consisting of a diverse group of professionals from the fields of policy, business, mediation, non-profits, and more. The group meets three times a year to learn the latest news from Convergence’s projects, inform organizational strategy, and engage with one another. Guests and new friends are invited to participate in the conversations and add to our brain trust.

Invitation only.
Learn more.

For more information, contact leigh@convergencepolicy.org.


February 18, 2019

Better Business Bureau: Finding Common Ground | Phoenix, AZ

Convergence’s Sharona Shuster and Morgan Franklin is offering a half day training session for the Better Business Bureau’s international convening, entitled Phoe-Mix, of local BBB CEOs from across the United States, Canada, and Mexico. The focus will be on helping participants learn tools and approaches to strengthen collaboration with one another and to share real world examples of Convergence’s complex and unlikely collaborations among diverse national stakeholders on issues of critical public concern.

Invitation only.

For more information, contact sharona@convergencepolicy.org.


February 2, 2019

Georgetown University Graduate Seminar | Washington, DC

Through case studies, small group activities, role-playing, large group discussion, and individual study, participants learn how to frame a social or economic problem in a non-partisan manner that enables collaboration; build trust and relationships among individuals with divergent or conflicting views; and facilitate them to create and implement shared solutions through multiple pathways.

For more information, contact sharona@convergencepolicy.org.


January 30, 2019

Women of Influence Event | San Francisco, CA

Convergence is hosting an event for influential women in the Bay Area to align around a common vision for bridging difference and refocusing the country on how to solve the critical challenges they face.

For more information, contact leigh@convergencepolicy.org.


January 25, 2019

A Conversation with Convergence | New York, NY

Convergence is hosting a salon.

For more information, contact christina@convergencepolicy.org.


January 23, 2019

A Conversation with Convergence | Houston, TX

Convergence is hosting a salon.

For more information, contact christina@convergencepolicy.org.