The Public Conversations Project prevents and transforms conflicts driven by deep differences in identity, beliefs, or values.
February 24, 2012 — Our friends at the Jewish Dialogue Group are spearheading the Deliberation Project, an initiative to promote vibrant, constructive dialogue within Jewish communities about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
January 27, 2011 — Imagine that you are in a conversation with a co-worker about strategy or with your siblings about the care of an aging parent. Suddenly you become defensive. It didn’t start as a threatening conversation. Your interlocutor wasn’t rude or aggressive. But somehow, the conversation became fraught and tense and you now find yourself unable to think.
Today is my birthday and I'm reflecting. I've been thinking about why I do the work that I do. I find that all of my answers relate to a question we hear frequently at the Public Conversations Project: "So what?"
"They are just words….so what? So you help people play nice: What difference does it really make?"
I often find myself scratching my head when this question comes up because—to me—the connection between words and other kinds of action seems so self-evident.
All of us at the Public Conversations Project were delighted to hear of the Chirac Foundation's recent 2009 award of its first-ever Prize for the Prevention of Conflicts to Pastor James Wuye and Imam Muhammed Ashafa, of Kaduna, Nigeria. The Pastor and the Imam, as they are known, were honored for the work of their Interfaith Mediation Center toward interfaith understanding and coexistence in Nigeria. In May, 2009, the Pastor and the Imam visited the