Events

November 17, 2017

Health Reform Roundtable | Washington, D.C.

The Healthcare Roundtable continues to create constructive impact on the Congressional health reform debates and to propose health policy ideas that can withstand major changes in the political landscape.

Invitation only.

For more information, contact caryn@convergencepolicy.org.

November 14, 2017

Building a Better Budget Process | Washington, D.C.

The Building a Better Budget Process project is continuing the dialogue on how to improve the federal budget process to create better outcomes for all Americans.

Invitation only.

For more information, contact mike@convergencepolicy.org.

November 14-15, 2017

SparkHouse | Washington, D.C.

Education Reimagined will convene a unique group of young leaders from learner-centered education environments this November. Known as SparkHouse, this community of learners is a partner in Education Reimagined’s effort to accelerate the shift from school-centered to learner-centered education.

For more information, contact demi@convergencepolicy.org.

October 27, 2017

Bridging Our Divides: A Practical Approach to Intractable Issues | San Francisco, California

America today seems divided into increasingly polarized factions. Political parties, industries, activists, nonprofit organizations, and ethnic and religious groups not only disagree vehemently but also doubt one another’s intellect, values and sincerity. It’s hard to imagine reaching consensus on the issues that divide us if we can’t even have civil discourse.

Join us at the Commonwealth Club in San Francisco on October 27th. Rob Fersh will participate in a lively conversation with Mark Zitter, Chair of the Zetema Project, about Convergence’s origins, its impact so far, and its “special sauce” for bridging divides. Learn more and purchase tickets here

For more information, contact christina@convergencepolicy.org.


October 4, 2017

Building a Better Budget Process | Washington, D.C.

The Building a Better Budget Process project is continuing the dialogue on how to improve the federal budget process to create better outcomes for all Americans.

For more information, contact mike@convergencepolicy.org.


October 4, 2017

A Conversation with Convergence | New York, N.Y.

Convergence is hosting a salon in New York City

For more information, contact christina@convergencepolicy.org.


September 18, 2017

Economic Mobility and Poverty Project, Working Up | Washington, D.C.

EMPP will continue to build on the efforts and ideas of different stakeholders working together to increase upward mobility and security for all, especially low-income Americans.

This is a private event.

For more information, contact talia@convergencepolicy.org.


August 9, 2017

Healthcare Roundtable | Washington, D.C.

Well-known conservative and progressive health thought leaders, who have worked closely for many years with key leaders of both political parties, announced an agreement they have reached on a series of proposals for Congressional action on key health care issues.

Listen to an audio recording of our August 9th press conference:

Invitation only.

For more information, contact amy@convergencepolicy.org.


July 25, 2017

Building a Better Budget Process | Washington, D.C.

The group is hard at work developing proposals to reform the federal budget process.

Invitation only.

For more information, contact mike@convergencepolicy.org.


July 13, 2017

Healthcare Roundtable | Washington, D.C.

The Healthcare Roundtable continues to create constructive impact on the Congressional health reform debates and to propose health policy ideas that can withstand major changes in the political landscape.

Invitation only.

For more information, contact amy@convergencepolicy.org.


June 15, 2017

Leadership Council Meeting | Washington, D.C.

Convergence updates the leadership council on current projects and hosts a dynamic panel of presenters to speak about critical issues.

Invitation only.

For more information, contact amy@convergencepolicy.org.


June 6 & 7, 2017

Economic Mobility and Poverty Project, Working Up | Washington, D.C.

EMPP will continue to build on the efforts and ideas of different stakeholders working together to increase upward mobility and security for all, especially low-income Americans.

This is a private event.

For more information, contact talia@convergencepolicy.org.


May 17, 2017

Building a Better Budget Process | Washington, D.C.

The Building a Better Budget Process project is continuing the dialogue on how to improve the federal budget process to create better outcomes for all Americans.

This is a private event.

For more information, contact mike@convergencepolicy.org.


May 10-12, 2017

Education Elements Personalized Learning Summit | San Francisco, CA

Education Reimagined is presenting “Learner-Centered Education: It’s a Paradigm Shift.”


May 3, 2017

A Conversation with Convergence | Baltimore, MD

Convergence is holding an outreach event to introduce Baltimore leaders to our work.

For more information, contact christina@convergencepolicy.org.


April 27, 2017

Building a Better Budget Process | Washington, D.C.

The Building a Better Budget Process project is continuing the dialogue on how to improve the federal budget process to create better outcomes for all Americans.

For more information, contact christina@convergencepolicy.org.


April 4-5, 2017

Working Up Dialogue Stakeholder Meeting | Washington, D.C.


March 13, 2017

TransformSC Spring Conference | Greenville, SC

Education Reimagined is presenting “Learner-Centered Education: It’s A Paradigm Shift.”


March 9, 2017

A Conversation with Convergence | New York, NY

Convergence is hosting a salon in New York City


March 6-9, 2017

SXSWedu | Austin, TX

At one of the nation’s premier education conferences, Education Reimagined Executive Direction Kelly Young, Advisory Board members, and local practitioners are hosting a day of activities to share their vision for the future of education.


February 27-March 1, 2017

Mid-Atlantic Conference on Personalized Learning | Baltimore, MD

Education Reimagined is presenting “Shifting the Paradigm: Learner-Centered Education.”


February 24-26, 2017

National Education Association Leadership Summit | Orlando, FL

Education Reimagined shares their vision and what it means for communities interested in taking on this challenge.


NOV 16-17 2016

Education Reimagined Fall Advisory Board Meeting

Education Reimagined is hosting their Advisory Board meeting November 16 and 17, 2016.

For more information, contact demi@convergencepolicy.org.


OCT 27 2016

A Conversation with Convergence

Convergence is hosting its “A Conversation with Convergence” series in Houston, TX to introduce community leaders to our work. The event will feature Convergence Founder, Rob Fersh, the Convergence Approach to Bridging Divides and participants from the Education Reimagined project.

For additional details, please contact houston@convergencepolicy.org.


OCT 25-27 2016

Teach for All Conference

Education Reimagined’s Executive Director, Kelly Young, is scheduled to speak at the Teach for All Conference in Blagoevgrad, Bulgaria.

Learn more about the conference.


OCT 19 2016

Leadership Council Meeting

Convergence is hosting its next Leadership Council Meeting in Washington, DC.

For more information, please contact christina@convergencepolicy.org.


OCT 15 2016

National Coalition for Dialogue & Deliberation Conference

Convergence is hosting a session “Creating Unlikely Alliances for Action” at the National Coalition for Dialogue and Deliberation Conference in Boston, MA.

Session presenters will highlight the transformative power of dialogue to create unlikely alliances among conflicting stakeholders to drive social change. The stories will draw upon Convergence projects addressing education, nutrition, and long-term care.

For more information about this conference, visit http://ncdd.org/events/ncdd2016.


OCT 6-8 2016

AASA Digital Consortium

Education Reimagined’s Executive Director Kelly Young is scheduled to address the American Association of School Administrators’ Digital Consortium.

Learn more about the consortium.


SEPT 29 2016

Experience Collaboration in Action

Convergence is hosting “Experience Collaboration in Action” in New York, NY to introduce community leaders to our work.

The event will feature Convergence Founder, Rob Fersh and a special exercise in the Convergence Approach to Bridging Divides.

For more information about this event, please contact christina@convergencepolicy.org.


AUG 2 2016

Reviving Civility and Solutions in an Age of Dysfunction

Rob Fersh and Carolyn Lukensmeyer, Executive Director of the National Institute for Civil Discourse, join facilitator Amanda Kathryn Roman for a lively session entitled Reviving Civility and Solutions in an Age of Dysfunction as part of the American Citizens Summit. They discuss people’s frustration with the breakdown in civil discourse and shared how their organizations are getting unlikely allies to work together to find creative ways to address our toughest challenges.

You can listen to the recording below.

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This interview is part of the American Citizens Summit, a free online event featuring respected political leaders, grassroots visionaries, business pioneers, change agents and advocates who are leading the way to actualize the full power of democracy by building bridges across divides. For more information, please visit americancitizenssummit.com. This recording is a copyright of The Shift Network. All rights reserved.


AUG 1-4 2016

American Citizens Summit

Rob Fersh is sharing the Convergence approach during the American Citizens Summit, an online conference to explore more effective pathways towards more positive politics.

The Summit aims to share ideas and methods about how to navigate political conversations without polarization, build solutions across ideological divides, and find common ground.

Learn about this virtual conference event, here.


JUL 11 2016

Education Research & Development Institute Conference

Education Reimagined Director Kelly Young is speaking on a panel at the Education Research & Development Institute’s summer conference. ERDI allows educational leaders the opportunity to influence the development, refinement and delivery of the products and services entering the educational setting in the USA so that those products and services can best meet the needs of children.

Read more about the conference here.


JUL 5-6 2016

Economic Mobility and Poverty Project First Convening

Convergence’s Economic Mobility and Poverty Project is launching the first dialogue of diverse stakeholders around issues impeding access to employment on July 5-6, 2016.

Read more about the Economic Mobility and Poverty Project here.


JUN 28-29 2016

Voices for Opportunity and Economic Mobility: A Jobs for the Future Summit

Russell Krumnow, Director of the Economic Mobility and Poverty Project, is attending Jobs for the Future’s national summit focusing on economic mobility in New Orleans, Louisiana.

Read more about the summit here.


JUN 23-24 2016

Second Pioneer Challenge

Education Reimagined is convening a group of practitioners for the second Pioneer Challenge in Washington, DC.

Pioneer Lab training is the avenue for interested pioneers to enter Pioneer Lab, an ever-growing national community of practice discovering how to best serve diverse communities of learners across the country.

The training is a two-day experience that is carefully designed to take diverse learner-centered practitioners with different experiences to a single shared starting point, ready to work together effectively in Pioneer Lab. The training will leave participants profoundly related to one another, curious about each other’s practices, and ready to take on and own any conversations necessary in Pioneer Lab. It is meant to give practitioners the tools to shift easily and quickly between the dominant school-centered paradigm and the new learner-centered one. It is an intentionally designed, “out-of-the-box” experience meant to stretch participants’ thinking, comfort, and assumptions.

Learn more about Education Reimagined here.


JUN 9-10 2016

GlobalMindED Conference

Education Reimagined Director Kelly Young is presenting on a panel at the GlobalMindED Conference with Advisory Board members Gisèle Huff and Marc Magee in Denver, Colorado.

The conference brings together hundreds of dedicated professionals and students to learn from world famous keynote speakers and take part in breakout sessions that target educational change. They share what worked in classrooms throughout the country and come away with ways to craft innovative approaches in different settings.


MAY 25-26 2016

Meetings for Policy Advocates

Education Reimagined is hosting a two day gathering in Washington, DC for policy advocates aligned with Education Reimagined’s vision for education to explore high-level recommendations to states in the new age of ESSA.

Learn more about Education Reimagined’s work here.


MAY 13-14 2016

First Pioneer Challenge

Education Reimagined is convening a group of practitioners for the first Pioneer Challenge in Denver, Colorado.

Pioneer Lab training is the avenue for interested pioneers to enter Pioneer Lab, an ever-growing national community of practice discovering how to best serve diverse communities of learners across the country.

The training is a two-day experience that is carefully designed to take diverse learner-centered practitioners with different experiences to a single shared starting point, ready to work together effectively in Pioneer Lab. The training will leave participants profoundly related to one another, curious about each other’s practices, and ready to take on and own any conversations necessary in Pioneer Lab. It is meant to give practitioners the tools to shift easily and quickly between the dominant school-centered paradigm and the new learner-centered one. It is an intentionally designed, “out-of-the-box” experience meant to stretch participants’ thinking, comfort, and assumptions.

Learn more about Education Reimagined here.


APR 18 2016

ASU/GSV Conference

Ambassadors for Education Reimagined is presenting at a panel at the ASU/GSV Summit in San Diego.

Presenters include: Stephan Turnipseed, Executive Vice President/Chief Strategy Officer, Destination Imagination & Former President of LEGO Education North America. Advisory Board member of Education Reimagined. Judy Peppler, President & CEO, KnowledgeWorks & Advisory Board member of Education Reimagined. Sonya Wrisley, Founding Principal (retired), Design 39 Campus Javier Guzman, California Regional Director of School Network Support and Innovation, Big Picture Learning.

Their panel explores how we realize a new future of learning in which every child fulfills their potential. It helps attendees expand their notions of where, when, how, and with whom learning happens and see how this future is already coming to life across the country.


APR 12 2016

Massachusetts Education Partnership

Kelly Young, Director of Education Reimagined, is presenting a keynote speech at the Massachusetts Education Partnership annual conference, hosted by the Rennie Center. The conference focuses on how collaborative practice can move ideas into action and includes the participation of Massachusetts school committee members, superintendents, labor leaders, and other partners.


APR 7 2016

Cornell University Course on Collaborative Decision Making and Public Policy

President Rob Fersh and board chair Rich Korn are participating in an undergraduate course with Cornell professor and board member Dave Lipsky on the theory of collaborative and interest-based conflict resolution. The course describes recent efforts to use these techniques to resolve important public policy issues, focusing on the work of Convergence.


MAR 22 2016

Aging in America Conference

Caryn Hederman, Director of the Long-Term Care Financing Collaborative, is presenting on a SCAN Foundation sponsored panel “Financing Long-Term Services and Supports: New Model for Evaluating Policy Options” at the Aging in America Conference is hosting by the American Society of Aging.

The panel highlighted a new model to analyze policy options for financing long-term services and supports, new data addressing costs and coverage of multiple financing strategies, including the current baseline, private market reforms, and voluntary and mandatory mechanisms for various levels of protection.


MAR 18 2016

Visionary Leader and Advisory Board Meetings

Education Reimagined is hosting their Visionary Leader meeting. The meeting focuses on “The Potential for Learner-centered Education to Meet the Needs of Currently Disadvantaged Learners.” Todd Rose, author of The End of Average, serves as a featured speaker for the event.


MAR 7-10 2016

SXSWedu

Kelly Young and Education Reimagined Advisory Board members and pioneers are hosting a panel session and summit to share their vision for the future of education in the US, to highlight the extraordinary work of pioneering learning environments across the country, and to provide the space for pioneers to come together to learn from and engage with each other. They are also co-hosting a cocktail party with Next Generation Learning Challenges (NGLC).


MAR 1 2016

U.S. House Energy & Commerce Health Subcommittee Hearing on Long-Term Care Financing

At 10:15 a.m. in 2322 Rayburn House Office Building, the Subcommittee on Health is holding a hearing, “Examining the Financing and Delivery of LongTerm Care in the U.S.” Witnesses are Alice Rivlin, PhD, Co-Chair, Long-Term Care Initiative, Bipartisan Policy Center; Senior Fellow, Economic Studies Program, The Brookings Institution, William J. Scanlon, PhD, Consultant, West Health Institute and National Health Policy Forum; and, Anne Tumlinson, CEO, Anne Tumlinson Innovations; Founder, Daughterhood.org.

Click here to watch footage from the hearing.


FEB 22 2016

LTCFC Final Report Release, 2/22

WATCH THE PRESS CONFERENCE
ANNOUNCING: A CONSENSUS FRAMEWORK FOR
LONG-TERM CARE FINANCING REFORM

FEBRUARY 22, 2016 | 9:30-11 AM
NATIONAL PRESS CLUB

Remarks by:

Alice Rivlin, Senior Fellow, The Brookings Institution, and former Vice Chair of the Federal Reserve, Director of the White House Office of Management and Budget, and founding Director of the Congressional Budget Office
Stuart Butler, The Brookings Institution
Rob Fersh, President and Founder, Convergence Center for Policy Resolution
Howard Gleckman, Urban Institute
Jonathan Westin, The Jewish Federations of North America

Panel discussion with:

Marc Cohen, LifePlans, Inc.
William Galston, The Brookings Institution
Howard Gleckman, Urban Institute
Lee Goldberg, The Pew Charitable Trusts
Don Redfoot, Consultant
Gail Wilensky, Project HOPE

Moderated by:

Sheila Burke, Harvard Kennedy School; Strategic Advisor, Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz