Do political discussions in your family or community tend to lead to disconnection and animosity?
Are you worried about the level of ugly partisanship that’s tearing our country apart?
You’re not alone. In America (and elsewhere), we’re more divided than we’ve ever been.
Political polarization is hurting marriages, families, businesses and communities. It’s become a national crisis with profound repercussions for our collective well-being and the future of our nation.
Fortunately, there IS a higher path. Teacher and facilitator Mark Gerzon is lighting the way with principles and practical solutions that have already begun healing divides all across the country, from communities to Congress.
His new book, the Reunited States of America, is winning rave reviews from leaders of the left AND right. In a season of unprecedented political attacks, it offers healing medicine and a pathway of personal and collective transformation.
Mark shows us how to engage political divides in a conscious and evolutionary way.
Imagine being able to enjoy a harmonious political discussion with your family or friends who may disagree with you. Mark shows us how to approach our differences in a way that leaves us happier, wiser and more connected.
In this first-ever webinar, Mark distills the principles and practices from his research and activism into four keys you need to know if you’re concerned by political divides and the state of our country.
Mark will chart the course toward more positive politics that brings families, businesses and communities back together.
During this one-hour call event, you’ll
Mark is no arm-chair philosopher; he’s facilitated retreats for members of Congress and has a long and distinguished history of work on transpartisanship.
He’ll distill a lifetime of learnings into simple insights that can help you heal the partisan divides in your life. And the best part is that these principles apply far beyond partisan politics — they’ll help you navigate any conflict or difference. You’ll come away with valuable skills that can benefit every area of your life from here on out.
When you listen in, you’ll also be the first to hear about a brand new program that can help you can take this work much deeper.
Loving our country demands independent thinkers willing to move forward together. Mark Gerzon shows us that this does not make us vulnerable. It makes us stronger.
— Michele Holt-Shannon, Associate Director, New Hampshire Listens, Carsey School of Public Policy, University of New Hampshire
Because of his passion for democracy, Mark Gerzon identifies the uncomfortable challenges that we have to confront in order to change the culture of politics.
— Jacqueline S. Salit, President, IndependentVoting.org
Mark Gerzon... plugs a gaping hole in the boat of our democracy. He explains how and why we have crashed into the shoals of partisan rocks and provides a compelling case for how to right the sails and navigate our way back to greatness.
— Mark McKinnon, Co-founder of No Labels and Former Chief Media Advisor to President George W. Bush and Senator John McCain
Mark Gerzon provides some well-thought-out, reality-based reasons to feel better [about national politics] — if we’re willing to take the necessary steps.
— James Fallows, National Correspondent, The Atlantic
Mark Gerzon... offers us visions, practices, maps and models to help us light our path forward.
— Michael D. Ostrolenk, Co-founder of the Liberty Coalition
After more than a decade of domestic and international conflict resolution trainings, Mark Gerzon wanted to share what he had learned about best practices for dealing with divisive issues and partisan politics. In 2006, in collaboration with Harvard Business Review Press, he published Leading Through Conflict: How Successful Leaders Transform Differences Into Opportunities. His comprehensive overview defines the skills that can spark breakthrough innovation among even the most contentious, polarized stakeholders both in the United States and (through several translated editions) in countries around the world.
Despite progress in many segments of society, however, hyper-polarization in American politics worsened. Determined to highlight the heroic work of scores of organizations that were already tackling almost every aspect of this dangerous problem, Mark joined with a wide range of colleagues — Democrats, Republicans, Independents and Libertarians — to launch The Bridge Alliance. This network of diverse, powerful organizations is working together to create a “third narrative” in American political culture: Americans Working Together.
For the last 30 years, Mark has served as president of Mediators Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to incubating projects that promote mutual understanding and the common good. The Foundation served as an institutional incubator for a wide variety of projects that are now pioneers in the transpartisan field, including The Bridge Alliance, and also helped convene many of the issue dialogues described in his book.
Mark lives with his wife, the educator and author Melissa Michaels, in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains. He is the father of three sons, and the grandfather of seven.