Communities in Transition (CIT) invited fellow conflict resolution practitioners for a peer-2-peer conversation to generate ideas for using communication and consensus-building tools to help restore constructive dialogue on Capitol Hill.
The discussion focused on the following themes:
- Clarifying our objectives
- Assessing Congressional dynamics
- Healing our biases
- Demonstrating the added-value of collaborative decision-making
- Connecting Congress to diverse communities
It was also noted by the group to be mindful of labels and boxes because each community is diverse and complex; to acknowledge the integrity and dignity of people regardless of their voting history; the importance of remaining impartial towards policy outcomes; and that we need to increase the diversity of political thought within this working group.
GMU S-CAR, CIT and Behrendt Consulting will be co-leading the group.