We convene people and groups with conflicting views to build trust, identify solutions, and form alliances for action on critical national issues.
Who We Are
We are a lean, determined, 501c3 non-profit organization focused on solving social challenges through collaboration. We bring deep knowledge of policy and process and work with leaders and doers to move past divergent views to identify workable solutions to seemingly intractable issues. The Convergence team has been instrumental in tackling a range of social issues throughout careers spent in the public and private sectors. We are building on past successes to spread the word and the tools for use in solving a broad array of challenges.
What We Do
At Convergence, we focus on solutions. We convene people and groups with conflicting views to identify specific actions that will make a lasting difference. We get there through structured, facilitated dialogue and long-term relationship building. Our process builds trust and understanding and shifts the focus from conflict to action. The products of our continuous effort throughout the life of a project include breakthrough coalitions working toward transformative action and a renewed sense of what is possible through shared goals and long-term cooperation.
Convergence was founded in 2009 to offer an alternative solution for addressing urgent social and policy issues that were bogged down in disagreement and discord. Drawing from decades of experience solving difficult policy issues, Convergence was formed to use dialogue and collaboration to generate breakthrough solutions to important yet intractable problems. And it is working.
Since then, we have undertaken six multi-year projects to identify solutions to:
- Economic Mobility and Poverty
- Federal Budget Process Reform
- K-12 Education
- Long-Term Care
- Nutrition and Wellness
- U.S.-Pakistan Relations
Convergence is at a turning point. With our proven process generating workable solutions to four challenging issues, we want to do more. By 2020, our plan calls for:
- 10 projects of national consequence completed or under way
- Implementation of key action programs identified by our project teams
- R&D into new areas of focus
- Development of a turnkey toolkit for organizations looking to adopt a culture of collaborative problem solving.