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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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Reducing Polarization on Facebook

When the world's largest social media company wanted to understand the dynamics of de-polarization, they called the world's leading experts.

  • At the beginning of the semester, there was not much participation in class. But by the end, almost everyone had something constructive to add every day.

    Undergraduate Student
    Bridgewater College, Virginia
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    [Essential Partners’] technique is used to explore contentious or divisive issues. So looking at renewable energy we thought this was an ideal opportunity to explore all the complexities of that issue. I found it a really useful method, and although this is the first time we’ve used it I am sure we’ll be using it again.

    Louise O’Kane, Community Places
    Northern Ireland, UK
  • Essential Partners is a world treasure, especially for having conversations on oppositional topics, which is very challenging.

    Dr. Shi-Jiuan Wu
    Taiwan

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Essential Partners teaches people how to build strong community bonds across differences of values, beliefs, and identities.

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Op/Ed: Better Conversations About Abortion

“If everyday Americans don’t talk about issues as important as this one,” writes Essential Partners co-director Katie Hyten, “how can we expect a better national conversation? How can we ask more of the people who represent us?”

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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