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Build a community strengthened by differences, connected by trust.

We partner with communities and organizations around the globe, equipping them to navigate the values, beliefs, and identities that are essential to them.

Our Impact

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Dialogue Catalyzes a New School in Ohio

The city of Oberlin, Ohio, faced a daunting municipal challenge: deciding whether to renovate four dilapidated school buildings, or to replace them with a single, modern edifice.

  • Every opinion was accepted. No one felt judged or uncomfortable talking to one another. These have been, by far, the best classroom discussions I have ever had.

    Undergraduate Student
    Bridgewater College, Virginia
  • I think Essential Partners' training should be mandatory in every legislature. I think it should be a requirement.

    Veronique Cavaillier, Director of Eastern Trade Council
    The Council of State Governments
  • I've realized how putting out my ideas affects the way other people share, and I've become much more curious about others people's perspectives.

    Undergraduate Student
    Randolph College (VA)

How do we stop social distancing from becoming social isolation?

Join us for 3 free weekly dialogues to build compassion and connection in this moment of deep alienation.

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Op/Ed: In a Polarized World, Dialogue is a Radical Act

“Critics fail to grasp what is in fact the difficult and countercultural nature of nonviolent communication.” Julie Schumacher Cohen, Director of Community and Government Relations at The University of Scranton, writes about her experience fostering a campus culture of open, inclusive dialogue with Essential Partners.

Recent Partners

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The Poynter Instittue
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Chatham Financial Services
American Library Association
Winthrop Rockefeller Institute
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Lahey Behavioral Health Services
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