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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.

  • What is special about Essential Partners' approach is that it promotes authenticity, reduces defensiveness, increases curiosity, and boosts connectedness.

    Belle Abaya
    The Conflict Resolution Group Foundation, Philippines
  • When there's an element of conflict, oftentimes we gravitate toward debate as a way of contending toward some decision or outcome. Dialogue is a much different proposition. The emphasis of dialogue is in understanding the other person's perspective, making sure they have the opportunity to feel heard.

    Luke Zubrod, Director of Strategic Initiatives
    Chatham Financial, Pennsylvania
  • I’ve gained not only confidence but tools. The Essential Partners training was worth every penny.

    Kim Davidson, Ombuds
    Oberlin College, Ohio

Design Better Virtual Meetings and Programs

We cannot simply retrofit our in-person reality to the online space. But we can stay grounded in our shared purpose, and design accordingly.

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EP in the News: Youth Anti-Racism Education Project

EP-trained high school student Clay Thornton, from North Carolina, will be facilitating dialogues about race for the international Anti-Racism Education (A.R.E.) Project. “Young people are willing to reach out to their families and their friends who are older and have conversations with them about these topics,” said Thornton. “People are going to go to the family dinner table and talk about what they’ve learned.”

Recent Partners

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Logo: The Colossian Forum, Michigan
Logo: Tufts University, Massachusetts
The Poynter Instittue
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Chatham Financial Services
American Library Association
Winthrop Rockefeller Institute
Logo: Mediators Beyond Borders, International
Logo: The Union of Concerned Scientists
Lahey Behavioral Health Services
Logo: Bridgewater College, Virginia