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.
Bridgewater College, Virginia
[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
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Essential Partners teaches people how to build strong community bonds across differences of values, beliefs, and identities.
“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?”