Convergence Center For Policy Resolution

The Art Of Getting Opponents To “We”

Today (November 3, 2015), Convergence is featured in “The Art of Getting Opponents to ‘We’”, an article by David Bornstein in the Opinionator blog of the New York Times.

The focus of the piece is on Convergence’s approach to problem-solving as highlighted by the successes of our Education Reimagined initiative and our Project on Nutrition and Wellness. The piece asks: “How can any people with divergent beliefs hope to solve problems together when they rarely talk with one another?”

The article goes on to answer this question, taking perspectives from a number of people involved with our projects and Convergence as a whole, noting: “Since its founding in 2009, [Convergence] has been quietly connecting people with different priorities, beliefs and political leanings to build trust and foster relationships, so they can find pathways for cooperative action… The process requires skill to manage, but it’s not magical. Convergence has shown it can be repeated with reliable consistency.”

We are humbled and pleased to receive this level of attention to our work, which makes the case for why Convergence’s approach is timely and important.

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