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Our purpose:

Shaping conversations that impact individuals, organizations and communities.

In designing and guiding conversations that help people think together productively, we strive to create conversations that engage, connect, and sustain communities.

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We seek to create a world that engages in dialogue and deliberation across differences as a cultural norm and as an effective tool for addressing the challenges and opportunities of civic life.


To inspire dialogue and deliberation that shapes engaged and inclusive communities and informs sound policies.

We do this by:

  • Creating spaces where exploring values and tensions can transform communities for collaborative public problem solving.
  • Training students, campus, and community members to build capacity for productive talk.
  • Grounding this work in and seeking to add to theory and best practices.

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