The Industrial Labor Relations School of Cornell University talks to alumnus and founder of Convergence, Rob Fersh to understand how the organization’s model of collaborative problem-solving is contributing to addressing some of America’s most pressing issues.
“There are problems out there that need to be solved, and our theory of change is that the broader the diversity of the groups you can get to a common ground, the better chance you have to create the unlikely alliances that will allow you to produce change.”
Karen Abrams Gerber and Andrea Jacobs explore the Convergence framework in Stanford Social Innovation Review by demonstrating how it offers as a way to help solve complex societal issues.
“By using a dynamic framework for authentic collaboration, we can increase the potential for problem-solving and create long-term, societal level change.”
Long-Term Care Financing Collaborative Press Conference Recap
In 2012 a diverse group of policy experts and senior-level decision makers representing a wide range of interests and ideological views created the Long-Term Care Financing Collaborative. The Collaborative’s goal was to develop pragmatic, consensus-driven recommendations about the way long-term care is financed and delivered in the U.S.
Read the Long-Term Care Financing Collaborative’s Final Report.
Collaborative Press Conference Generates National News Coverage
The Long-Term Care Financing Collaborative released its recommendations for improving long-term care on February 22nd at a press conference keynoted by Alice M. Rivlin, Senior Fellow at The Brookings Institution at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C.
Collaborative members discussed how their broad-reaching plan would create an affordable public and private insurance-based financing system that would better enable people of all income levels to receive high quality long-term services and supports. Collaborative members stressed the urgent need for action stating that as baby boomers age, there will an enormous increase in demand for long-term care services on an already over-burdened system.
The press conference generated significant attention in the media. We’ve highlighted a few of the stories below:
- Bipartisan Group Calls for Universal Long-Term Care Insurance Plans (USA Today)
- Yes, We Can Create A Universal Long-Term Care Insurance Program (Forbes)
- The Giant Healthcare Gap Obamacare Didn’t Fill (US News and World Report)
- Nonpartisan Group Calls for National Long-Term Care Plan (Chicago Tribune)
- Group Aims to Reform Long-Term Care Before the Problem Explodes (CNBC)
McKnight’s article highlights efforts across the country to implement new legislation for financing long-term care supports and services. The report by the Long-Term Care Financing Collaborative is mentioned.
Director of Education Reimagined Kelly Young interviewed by TL Talk Radio about Education Reimagined’s new vision for education. Hear Kelly speak to Education Reimagined’s “Beautiful Question”: How do we build an education system that ensures that each and every child thrives and is prepared to be a lifelong learner?
Author Mark Gerzon’s article in the Huffington Post mentions Convergence as an organization using collaboration and problem solving in the face of increasing polarization.
“So let’s not become too obsessed with the election coverage that we miss this deeper story. Beneath the divided states of America being whipped into a frenzy by the media, there is a united states of America that is learning how to work through differences and rediscover our common bonds.”
Editorial piece in the Des Moines Register discusses what Congress should do about long-term care costs and includes the work of the Long-Term Care Financing Collaborative.
“So the Long-Term Care Financing Collaborative is spearheading the latest effort to change the way care is financed and delivered in this country. The group, which includes former state Medicaid directors, insurers and consumer advocates, issued a 30-page report in February recommending numerous reforms, including universal, catastrophic insurance.”