Doing Something About the Gridlock in Washington

The United States Capitol Building in Washington, DC

“Why don’t you go to Washington and help fix the mess down there?”

That is the question we are asked most frequently these days at Public Conversations. In the wake of the 2013 government shutdown and ongoing political gridlock, the American public is fed up with the dysfunctional relationship between the two major parties and their inability to work together for the good of our country.

Public Conversations is at the forefront of an emerging transpartisan movement designed to bring collaborative leadership and genuine problem-solving back into focus in public life. Working with the Mediators Foundation, the National Institute of Civic Discourse, No Labels, and other organizations, we will provide an alternative to hyper-partisanship, cultivate leaders capable of responsible decision-making, and help transform the quality of the relationship between the American citizenry and our Congressional representatives. The project will include a Boston-based public event in 2015.

Thanks to our financial supporters, Public Conversations will help train a new generation of government and community leaders and inspire new possibilities for collaborative action.

This article first appeared in the program booklet for Nourish, Public Conversation Project’s annual benefit dinner, held this year on May 28 in Boston. Learn more about Nourish here.

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