When public officials, advocates, businesses and communities come together to address economic and social policy issues, perceptions about the “right” answers are often embedded in moral beliefs and backgrounds. Deep differences in experience, values, and perspective can undercut shared goals for expanding economic opportunity, improving public education, reducing crime, or creating affordable housing. Analysis and participation are important, but expert-led decision-making and traditional participation processes—voting, public meetings, advocacy—are often ineffective at building consensus on policies that address the core concerns of leaders, experts, and the public.
CBI has extensive experience working on complex and inter-related economic and social policy challenges with leaders and stakeholders. Our mediators build shared vision, agreements, and effective partnerships at every level from local to global. CBI helps stakeholders shift from polarized positions to search for solutions that support common and complementary goals, using these core principles:
With these principles as the foundation for process design and facilitation, 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