About us

Our mission is to foster constructive dialogue where conflicts are driven by differences in identity, beliefs, and values.

Difficult conversations—about the issues that matter most—are too often avoided or approached with fear. Many believe, often based on experience, that engaging with differences will threaten the stability of their organization or lead to unproductive debates where no one feels heard or valued. Even when people do engage with difference, they often retreat further into what they know and understand; communities devolve into silence, heated disagreement, or sometimes even violent conflict.

In this stalemate, everyone loses the richest, most essential parts of living and working in diverse and pluralistic communities.

Essential Partners has worked for more than 25 years to facilitate conversations and equip people using our approach to dialogue. We bring a method that is applicable and adaptable in a wide variety of contexts. Our method, Reflective Structured Dialogue (RSD), relies on preparation, structure, questions, facilitation, and reflection to enable people to harness their capacity to have the conversations they need to have.

Essential Partners offers workshops, custom training and dialogue facilitation, as well as consultation. Our aim is to equip you to have meaningful conversations about essential issues, so you can move forward and create a better way of living together.