A new Washington Post opinion essay by Amanda Ripley reflects on unexpected, "radical creativity" in times of crisis, as seen in the case of the Select Committee on the Modernization of Congress, which Ripley calls "one of the most high-functioning bipartisan workplaces on Capitol Hill."

To tell its story, she quotes CBI Senior Mediator David Fairman, whose facilitation supported conversations on difficult topics among committee members from opposing political parties. Find the essay here.