Common Ground Thinking:
A five-hour workshop, created and presented by Wayne Jacobsen
Introduction: Life at Ground Zero
1. The Fourth Option: From Adversarial to Cooperative Decision-Making
2. The Clash of Worldviews and Claims of Conscience
3. The Shifting Common Ground: Understanding the Cultural Forces That Have Converged on Our Time:
Part 2: Getting it Right!
1. Common Ground Thinking is built on the Supreme Court Interpretation of the First Amendment applied to the states via the due process clause of the 14th Amendment
2. Common Ground Thinking is built on respect for the unique environment of public educationcaptive minors.
3. Common Ground Thinking is built on a growing consensus among diverse religious and nonreligious groups
Part 3: The Rules of Engagement for Cultural and Religious Conflicts
Rule #1: You cant force people to change their worldview.
Rule #2: Vilifying those who disagree with you says more about you than it does about them.
Rule #3: Allowing divergent views does not validate those views
Rule #4: You best protect your civic freedoms by protecting those of people who disagree with you.
Rule #5: If you do not include all of the stakeholders you cannot fix the problem
Rule #6: Cooperation cannot require compromise of our deepest convictions
Rule #7: The best solutions arise from seeking highest possible consensusthe Fourth Option
Part 4: Reaching for the Fourth Option: The Common Ground Process for Conflict Resolution
1. Laying the Groundwork: Pro-actively Establish a Common Ground Environment
2. The Common Ground Process: Reaching the Highest Possible Consensus
Specific adaptations of this workshop are available for specific audiences, such as those who teach health/family-life, science or social studies.