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Our Members

National Conversation Project is made possible by the generous contributions of our Sustaining Members—nonprofits, businesses, and individuals—who believe in the power of conversations and the relationships they build to mend the frayed fabric of America. Learn more and become a Sustaining Member here.

Conversations Heroes


Common Ground Committee is about “Bringing Light Not Heat To Public Discourse.” We are free of political agenda and financial influences, with a singular focus on demonstrating productive public discourse. Our mission is to pursue initiatives which reveal common ground for finding truth, clarity, understanding and progress on issues of importance in a civil manner that does not require compromise of fundamental principles.

Listen First Project encourages conversations that prioritize understanding to bridge divides and mend our frayed social fabric, addressing the universally felt crisis of division and dehumanization across differences. We catalyze the #ListenFirst movement powered by more than 225 partner organizations, thousands of individuals, National Conversation Project, and local chapters around the world. LFP focuses on society at large, schools, and workplaces while recognizing those who champion the Listen First mission.

procon.png Promoting critical thinking, education, and informed citizenship by presenting controversial issues in a straightforward, nonpartisan, primarily pro-con format.


Sabrina Moyle

Walt Roberts

Amanda Smithfield

Sterling Speirn




Conversation Champions



Living Room Conversations are a conversational bridge across issues that divide and separate us. They provide an easy structure for engaging in friendly yet meaningful conversation with those with whom we may not agree. These conversations increase understanding, reveal common ground, and sometimes even allow us to discuss possible solutions.


Bruce Bond

Neil McGaraghan




Conversation Advocates





Sophie Beren

Lida Cheng

Nadia Diboun

Andrew Edmonds

Chuck Flournoy

Blaise Hazelwood

Jaclyn Inglis

Liz Joyner

Kay Lindahl

Stephanie Short



Hosting Partners

3-Minute Storyteller Duke Alumni Association Public Dialogue Consortium
Activist Theology Project Duke POLIS Public Engagement Associates
AllSides Duke University POLIS Public News Service
American Dialogue Project Ending Our Uncivil War Purple America
American Gun Safety Association Essential Partners Q Ideas
American Listening Project FixPnyx ReConsider
American Promise For Freedoms Red Blue Together
American Psychological Association Free Intelligent Conversations Red Boot Way
American Public Square Free Radicals Reject Documentary
AmerXchange Future500
Arukah Network Generations Project Resolutionaries
Ask Big Questions Harvard Negotiation and Mediation Clinical Program Rise
Ask, Listen, Learn Hear Me Out RISE @ Oxford High School
Aspen Institute Citizenship and American Identity Program Help Good Agency Rock Against
At the Table Colorado Heterodox Academy Sacred Discourse
Be Civil Be Heard How Do We Fix It? Seeds of Peace
Better Angels Howard County Library System Shifting the Conversation
Big Tent Nation Hyland Sidewalk Talk
Boston Public Library iCivics SMART Conversations
Bridge Alliance Education Fund Indiana Campus Compact Smart Politics
Bridge the Divide Inspire US Solidarity Party USA
BridgeUSA Intentional Insights Someone To Tell It To
Bridging Our Divide International Listening Association Spaceship Media
Bridging the Divide Iowa Program for Public Life Squishtalks
Building Community Capacity Issue One State Legislative Leaders Foundation
Burke-Paine Society IssueVoter Students for Free Expression
California Center for the Book Jefferson Center Sustained Dialogue Institute
Campus Vote Project Jumping into Civic Life TableTalk Global
Carl Wilkens Fellowship Junior State of America Take Back Our Republic
Center For Building a Culture of Empathy Kansas City Public Library Talking Eyes Media/Bring It to The Table
Center for Civic Design La Crosse Public Library The America Unity Project
Center for Public Deliberation Let's Talk Democracy The American Project
Charlottesville Chalkfest Listen First Project The Autry Museum of the American West
Charter for Compassion Living Room Conversations The Center for Election Science
Citizen Demos Living To Listen The Civic Circle
Citizen University Make America Dinner Again The Constellation
Citizens Above Partisanship Make Shift Coffee House The Flip Side
Civic Dinners McCourtney Institute for Democracy The Great Reset
Civic Hall Mediators Foundation The Joy of Argument
Civic Spirit Millennial Action Project The Listening Space
CIVICUS SPEAK! Modern American Party The Love Vote
Civil Politics More in Common Podcast The OpenGov Foundation
Civility Experts National Campus Leadership Council The People's Supper
CMAC National Civic League The Ray Center
Coffee Party National Civility Center The Skeww
Common Bond Institute National Coalition for Dialogue & Deliberation The Unum Pundit
Common Ground Committee National Conference on Citizenship Together Frankfort
Common Ground Solutions National Conflict Resolution Center Together We Remember
Common Party National Foundation for Women Legislators Tufts University Tisch College of Civic Life
Community Enrichment Project National Institute for Civil Discourse Undivided Nation
Compassionate NYC National Issues Forums Institute Unite America
Compassionate Santa Monica NC Campus Compact United Citizen Power
Consensus New Hampshire Listens United Citizen Power
Converge UVA Next Door Strangers University of Hartford
Convergence Center NH Institute for Civics Education Urban Confessional
Conversation Cafe On Being Urban Rural Action
Conversations in Dialogue One America Movement USA Talk / Enciv
Conversations New York Open Mind Platform Village Square
Creative Capital Outreach Experts Virginia Beach Public Library
Davenport Institute Pantsuit Politics We Listen USA
Days of Dialogue ProCon We The People
Dignity Institute Program for Humility and Conviction World Temple
Do Good Roseville Project Civ Write the World
Dream Corps