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Finding Common Ground
It doesn’t take much these days for a tranquil community to explode in conflict when any group of people feels that its rights are being trampled by new policies or other groups pushing their political agenda. Conflicts over issues as diverse as school reform, academic reform, sexual orientation, harassment, holiday celebrations, science curriculum, family-life instruction, library book selection, campus safety and extra-curricular clubs, can quickly divide a community and paralyze a district’s effectiveness.
But we have good news. Over the past two decades BridgeBuilders has found that there are far more people who will help you build an environment where those differences are treated fairly, than there are those who wish to force their way on others. We can help you tap this valuable resource and find effective solutions that will avoid the strife and litigation that tearcommunities apart.
We have a proven track record in helping conflicted communities redefine their common ground so they can resolve their differences while rebuilding mutual respect across their deepest differences. A Common Ground environment displays these attributes:
Certainly Common Ground Thinking will not resolve all conflicts, but these time-tested processes have helped many communities resolve cultural disputes that involve conflicts of conscience and differences in faith and values. By helping a community reach a broad-based consensus on new policies we have been able to rebuild mutual respect in the community, even the face of some of our society’s deepest differences.
For further information on this process, please see the following pages:
Here is a partial list of agencies that have benefited from services offered by BridgeBuilders in training, consulting and communications:
United States Commission on Civil Rights
Numerous county offices of education, local school
As a free service to educators, BridgeBuilders provides regular e-mail updates concerning court cases, legislation and ideas for building understanding between diverse constituencies. To subscribe send an e-mail request to email@example.com and request: “Subscribe Worldview Briefing”
BridgeBuilders utilizes its own materials as well as those from the First Amendment Center and strongly encourages school districts to consider their 3R’s Project and to support the projects they have begun in many states to help build common ground.
In this section we offer a wealth of information to help you understand our approach and why we've had such success in helping people resolve their differences and build a more positive work and community environment.
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