Events & Media


Essential Partners Media Features

"A Friendship Forged in Disagreement" April 6, 2018

"What Happens When You Reimagine the Difficult Conversation about Guns", April 4, 2018

"Difficult Conversations in Uncertain Times" January 20, 2017

"Healing the Divide, One Conversation at a Time" WGBH. December 12, 2016.

"Making Thanksgiving Great Again" Detroit Today. November 23, 2016.

"Social Gatherings Need Healthy Debate" Public News Service. November 28, 2016.

"Pass the Turkey. Now, Let's Talk Politics" Denver Post. November 23, 2016.

"My View: Lets Tell Some Truth Before Reconciliation" Deseret News. November 12, 1016.

"After Trump's Remarkable Win, Can National Reconciliation Follow?" Christian Science Monitor. November 9, 2016.

"Make American Whole Again: How the US Can Heal its Political Rift" New Scientist. November 2, 2016.

"Who is the Public Conversations Project?" Wicked Local Lexington. July 8, 2016.

"PCCI Holds Seminar on Reflective Structured Dialogue with Public Conversations Project" Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry. July 7, 2016.

"Olive Branch Giving Circle" KGNU. March 30, 2016.

"Is There a Movement to Depolarize America?"  Deseret News. March 6, 2016.

"Boulder Focus Group on Firearm Use" Boulder Jewish News. February 25, 2016.

"SUNY Potsdam Associate Dean Phil Neisser Honored With Award from Public Conversations Project" SUNY Potsdam. October 23, 2015.

Interview with Dave Joseph. The Doug Knoll Show. October 1, 2015.

"Lessons from 25 Years of Bridging Divides at Public Conversations Project" September 25, 2015. Featuring interview with Director of Programs, Dave Joseph.

"Finding a New Tone for the Day of Atonement" September 23, 2015. Featuring blog by Director of Programs, Dave Joseph.

"How to Get the Most Out of a Conference," Harvard Business Review. July 8, 2015. Featuring insights from Executive Director, Parisa Parsa.

"Public Conversations Project: The Leader in Fostering Constructive Discussions." May 6, 2015.

"Rehumanizing Difference Through Dialogue." May 4, 2015. Featuring interview with Director of Training, Bob Stains.

"Sexual Orientation: Conversations that Strengthen Community in Challenging Times." Texas Conflict Coach. February 12, 2015. Featuring interview with Director of Training, Bob Stains.

"How to Talk Guns: First, Get to Know Each Other." Christian Science Monitor. November 21, 2014. 

Public Conversations facilitated public dialogue on gun control, second amendment rights, and community in Montana with the support of local mediators.

"As Nigeria Battles Islamist Boko Haram, An Imam and Pastor Spread Tolerance." Christian Science Monitor. November 8, 2013.

Practitioner Dave Joseph tells the story of dialogue in Nigeria, where the Isalmist militant group Boko Haram is sowing terror, an imam and a pastor team up to preach religious tolerance.

"On Guns: For a Conversation Rather than a Debate, Start With These Questions." Christian Science Monitor. May 13, 2013.

In trying to bridge the civic divide over guns, a productive approach to conversation is to focus not on who is right, but on where people are coming from.

For all media inquiries, please contact Teja Arboleda at or 617-923-1216 ext.12