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Renew hope where you live, work, worship, and learn

We give people the means to strengthen relationships, deepen belonging, and renew hope in their communities.

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.

  • The most significant thing for me was learning how to ask for more information rather than trying to persuade a person to think differently. I also learned helpful dialogue tips, which are more effective during difficult conversations. If I encounter a difficult dialogue with any of my residents, I plan on using the techniques I learned in this workshop to facilitate those talks.

    Undergraduate Student
    Northeastern University, MA
  • While mediators are taught to find common ground and commonalities, Essential Partners teaches how to engage differences constructively instead of trying to homogenize. Knowing how to approach people who are different than you and understand their complexities is a really useful tool.

    Jasmyn Samaroo, Brown University Mediation Project
    Brown University, RI
  • One of the things that we talked about was the ability to hear another person’s point of view, even if our minds aren’t changed. We have to remember that any sort of movement is movement. If we don’t acknowledge small movement, then we just stay on two different sides, and it’s all black and white, and we don’t hear each other.

    Anjali Bal, Associate Professor of Marketing
    Babson College, MA

Five Weeks of Dialogue: An Essential Email Series

This five-week email series is designed to supercharge your efforts to reduce polarization, bridge divides, and change the way people engage differences of identities, values, and perspectives. Whether you're thinking about large-scale projects or looking for small, simple, everyday tools to foster healthier relationships, you'll be able to use these skills and resources where you live, work, worship, and learn.

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News: Essential Partners is a New Pluralists Grantee!

We are thrilled to announce that we have been selected as one of 32 grantees for the New Pluralists Healing Starts Here initiative! We'll be partnering with civic and faith groups, nonprofits, schools, law enforcement, and municipalities in North Carolina’s Research Triangle to build a culture of resilience, belonging, and compassion across differences of identities and perspectives. 

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