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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 250+ 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.


Bruce Bond

Joe Christenbury

Mary Lauer

Thomas McSteen

Debilyn Molineaux

Sabrina Moyle

Lisa Ortiz

Walt Roberts

Sterling Speirn

David Tarico

Andrew Warren




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.


Graham Bodie

Dana Dupuis

Katherine Harris

Blaise Hazelwood

Heather Hopkins

Tabitha Isner

Bruce Jentleson

Neil McGaraghan




Conversation Advocates





Kamy Akhavan

Sophie Beren

Barbara Bodie

Bob Brooks

Russ Charvonia

Lida Cheng

Jaclyn Clark

Kurt Davis

Linda Devore

Nadia Diboun

Andrew Edmonds

Chuck Flournoy

Craig Freshley

Karen Gross

Margaret Hauser

Chip Jones

Liz Joyner

Kay Lindahl

Jamie McReynolds

Doug O'Brien

Clark Riemer

Marie Roker-Jones

Janet Scott

Stephanie Short

Gregg Sinders

Amanda Smithfield

John Steiner

Owen Stevens

Larry Sweet

Evelyn Thornton

Tara West




#ListenFirst Coalition

2Civility Essential Partners Project Civ
3-Minute Storyteller Ever Widening Circles Project Divided
A Year of Listening Everybody Loves Lincoln
Action Utah FairVote Public Dialogue Consortium
Active Listening Center Family Dinner Project Public Engagement Associates
Activist Theology Project FixPnyx Public Engagement Partners
Alive Inside FixUS Public News Service
AllSides Frayed News Purple America
American Centrist Free Intelligent Conversations Purple Project for Democracy
American Dialogue Project Free Radicals Purpose Power
American Gun Safety Association Future500 Q Ideas
American Listening Project Generation Nation Quorum
American Promise Generations Project ReConsider
American Psychological Association gnomi Red Blue Together
American Public Square Greater Akron Civility Center Red Boot Way
AmerXchange Harvard Centrist Society Reject Documentary
Arukah Network Harvard Negotiation Program Relationships First
Ask Big Questions Healthy Democracy Coalition Relationships, Love, & Happiness Project
Ask, Listen, Learn Help Good Agency RepresentUs
Citizenship and American Identity Program Heterodox Academy Resolutionaries
Aspen Institute Socrates Program How Do We Fix It? RespectAbility
At the Table Colorado Howard County Library Rise
Be Civil Be Heard Hyland Software RISE @ Oxford High School
Better Angels iCivics Rise of the Bulls
Big Tent Nation Indiana Campus Compact Sacred Discourse
Bites Media Inspire US Sanity Media
Boston Public Library Institute for Civility Seeds of Peace
Bridge Alliance Education Fund Institute for Emerging Issues Shifting the Conversation
Bridge the Divide Intentional Insights Sidewalk Talk
BridgeUSA International Listening Association SMART Conversations
Bridging Our Divide Iowa Program for Public Life Smart Politics
Bridging the Divide Issue One Solidarity Party USA
Brite Heart IssueVoter Someone To Tell It To
Brockport Community Development Jefferson Center Spaceship Media
Building Community Capacity Jumping into Civic Life Speech Moves
Burke-Paine Society Junior State of America Squishtalks
California Center for the Book Kansas City Public Library State Legislative Leaders Foundation
Campus Vote Project KS Leadership Center Straight White Guy Listening
Carl Wilkens Fellowship La Crosse Public Library Students for Free Expression
Catholic Common Ground Let's Fix This Sustained Dialogue Institute
Center For Building a Culture of Empathy Let's Talk Democracy TableTalk Global
Center for Civic Design Listen First Consulting Take Back Our Republic
Center for Culture-Centered Approach Listen First Project Talking Eyes Media/Bring It to The Table
Center for Mind and Culture Listen for a Change Tara West Mediation
Center for Public Deliberation Listen The Movie The America Unity Project
Center for the Study of Liberty Listeners Unite The American Project
Charles Koch Institute (unlisted) Listening Wisdom The Autry Museum
Charlottesville Chalkfest Living Room Conversations The Center for Election Science
Charter for Compassion Living To Listen The Civic Circle
Citizen Demos Love Boldly The College at Brockport
Citizen Discourse Make America Dinner Again The Constellation
Citizen Jane Blog Make Shift Coffee House The Conversationalist
Citizen University Marriage Resource Center The Flip Side
Citizens Above Partisanship McCourtney Institute for Democracy The Fulcrum
Civic Dinners Mediators Foundation The Golden Rule
Civic Hall Millennial Action Project The Great Reset
Civic Health Project Mismatch The Harwood Institute
Civic Spirit Mixed Company Games The Joy of Argument
Civicus SPEAK! Modern American Party The Listening
Civil Politics Momentum Communications The Listening Space
Civil Society Movement More in Common Podcast The Love Vote
Civility Experts NAACP - Ambler PA The OpenGov Foundation
Coffee Party Natn'l Assoc. of Nonpartisan Reformers The People's Supper
Common Bond Institute National Campus Leadership Council The Ray Center
Common Ground Committee National Civic League The Skeww
Common Ground Solutions National Civility Center The Steamboat Institute
Common Party Natn'l Coalition for Dialogue & Deliberation The Unum Pundit
Commons Project National Conference on Citizenship This is Civity
Community Enrichment Project National Conflict Resolution Center Together Frankfort
Compassionate NYC Natn'l Foundation for Women Legislators Together We Remember
Compassionate Santa Monica National Institute for Civil Discourse Tufts University Tisch College of Civic Life
Consensus National Issues Forums Institute Undivided Nation
Converge UVA NC Campus Compact Unite America
Convergence Center NC State Civic Engagement United and Together
Conversation Cafe New Hampshire Listens United Citizen Power
Conversations in Dialogue Next Door Strangers University of Hartford
Conversations New York NH Institute for Civics Education Urban Confessional
Davenport Institute Nobias Urban Rural Action
David Matthews Center On Being USA Talk / Enciv
Days of Dialogue One America Movement USC Center for the Political Future
DePolarize One Table Village Square
Dignity Institute Open Mind Platform Virginia Beach Public Library
Discussit Outreach Experts Voter Sticker Project
Do Good Roseville Pantsuit Politics We Listen USA
Dream Corps Peace Peddlers We Talk Different
Duke Alumni Association Pnyka We The People
Duke POLIS Podcast Brunch Club Weave: The Social Fabric Project
Empatico PoliticalOtters Welcoming America
Ending Our Uncivil War ProCon Write the World
Erase Meanness Program for Humility and Conviction