Civic engagement

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In 2010, the Northern Ireland government set ambitious renewable energy goals with the Strategic Energy Framework. Hitting those goals will rely in no small part on the development of new wind and solar energy installations across the... Learn more

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Born in 1912, Frank Zeidler served as mayor of Milwaukee, Wisconsin over three terms from 1948 until 1960. Mayor Zeidler enjoyed a unique bipartisan appeal. He seemed able to connect with voters across the political, social, and economic spectrum... Learn more

The Winthrop Rockefeller Institute, Arkansas
The Winthrop Rockefeller Institute

In 2017, the Winthrop Rockefeller Institute (WRI) in Conway County, Arkansas, hired Essential Partners to offer two days of facilitation training to their program officers. The following week, the Arkansas Agriculture Secretary reached out to WRI... Learn more

Ohio Civic Engagement Incubator

The city of Oberlin, Ohio, faced a daunting municipal challenge: deciding whether to renovate four dilapidated school buildings, or to replace them with a single, modern, costly edifice.

Risks and rewards were present for both options,... Learn more

Welcoming America New Hampshire

Over the past 25 years, New Hampshire has seen an influx of immigrants and refugees, new communities seeking to integrate alongside long-established immigrant populations. Cities like Manchester experienced especially notable demographic shifts,... Learn more

Gloucester Conversations

A community on Massachusetts' North Shore invested in creating a culture of dialogue, and the results are everywhere.Learn more

Community Dispute Settlement Center

Community mediators saw an uptick in group conflicts. Public Conversations offered new skills and greater confidence in group facilitation.Learn more

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Union of Concerned Scientists

Scientists, preservationists, policymakers, and tribal leaders engaged in a transformative conversation about how climate change affects America's most treasured places.Learn more

Massachusetts Department of Mental Health

Restraint and seclusion were once widely used in mental health settings. Could former practitioners and patients engage this fraught issue?Learn more

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Ruth Mott Foundation

A community in Flint, Michigan sought t o increase the capacity of community groups to collaborate in the revitalization of the city. Learn more

A public engagement process was made possible through personal and sustained conversations about land, conservation, and the economy.Learn more

Photo of the 1994-99 abortion dialogue members

The idea for the Public Conversations Project—the organization that, in 2016, became known as Essential Partners—occurred to Laura R. Chasin while watching a televised debate on abortion.

The moderator’s efforts to facilitate an orderly... Learn more