On economic and social policy questions, perceptions about the “right” answers are often embedded in moral beliefs and backgrounds. Even when leaders and citizens have broadly shared goals—expanding economic opportunity, improving public education, increasing health insurance coverage, decreasing gun violence, reducing crime, or creating affordable housing—differences in experience, values, and perspectives can create conflict over how to achieve them. Analysis and public engagement are important, but expert-led decision-making and traditional public engagement processes—voting, public meetings, advocacy—are often ineffective at building consensus on these issues.
CBI has extensive experience with interrelated economic and social policy challenges. Our mediators build shared vision, agreements, and effective partnerships at every level from local to global, seeking a shift from polarized positions to a search for solutions that support common and complementary goals and values. In process-design and in our work with decisionmakers, advocates and citizens, we:
With this foundation, CBI helps increase the chances of finding common ground on the most challenging economic and social issues.
CBI was instrumental in helping those of us involved in Education Reimagined come together around a shared vision for education. The mediator was an incredible listener and brought deep knowledge of the issues, people, and organizations, which helped to advance the conversation. When we narrowed in on any decisions, he pushed us to explore if that was really the best of what all intended, which led to a stronger collective statement and agreement.
Assistant to the President, Educational Issues
American Federation of Teachers