Public Conversations Project fosters constructive dialogue where conflicts are driven by differences in identity, beliefs, and values.

  • Dads in Dialogue
    Happy Father's Day! To celebrate, we asked our resident dads (and expert practitioners) how learning dialogue has informed their parenting, and how being a dad has informed their work. READ MORE
  • Bob Stains Shares His Journey
    Bob Stains shares his journey, and some lessons from a career in dialogue. Listen and learn with this fantastic interview. READ MORE
  • Leading by Listening
    Women across generations met at Mount Holyoke College to learn about the role of listening in reflective leadership. READ MORE
  • Now Available: Fall Workshops
    Space is limited, so sign up early for Public Conversations' fall and winter workshops, kicking off with our flagship workshop. READ MORE
  • Our Method
    We all know what it feels like to have a good, constructive, respectful conversation. Our method is designed to help people have the conversation they need to have about some of the most difficult topics.  READ MORE
  • Our Impact
    At Public Conversations, we say "shifts happen." Learn about the shifts that have taken place for our clients and partners after working with our practitioners. READ MORE
Jun 29, 2015
On June 20th, Public Conversations Project, the Center for Peace, Democracy and Development at UMass Boston's John W. McCormack Graduate School of Policy and Global Studies, and series sponsor Bridge Alliance convened Boston's first... READ MORE >
May 6, 2015
When Public Conversations was first approached by, we were a little skeptical. "But we just did a dating service piece as a joke," we thought. Turns out, is actually a platform that features advice,... READ MORE >
May 4, 2015
On May 2nd, Public Conversations' own Bob Stains was the featured guest on a weekly call-in program called Awakin, which convenes those across fields for the purpose of deepening our self-awareness in a community of kindred spirits.  Bob... READ MORE >
Dave Joseph, MSW | Field Manual

Public Conversations Project partnered with Interfaith Mediation Centre in Nigeria and UMass Boston to develop a "hybrid" dialogue guide to help facilitators bring together Christians and Muslims in workshops, dialogues, mediations, meetings, interventions or mentoring groups.

Dialogue on public issues
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Jun 29, 2015

“I don’t understand the question.” In her now infamous interview, Rachel Dolezal is unable to answer a question about her racial identity. She stutters, and quickly walks away. There’s little doubt at this point that hers was an act of willful deceit.

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