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FINDING COMMON GROUND ON INCOME INEQUALITY

In our latest Public Forum, Larry Kudlow and Jared Bernstein offer different perspectives on the causes of widening income inequality and what policy actions might alleviate the problem and strengthen the American economy for the benefit of all its citizens. Read more »

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Common Ground: Then & Now

David Gergen and Chris Matthews with stories and insights driving the point home that shared experiences and relationships, as personified by Ronald Reagan and Tip O’Neil, enable political rivals to find common ground and work together. Read more »

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2013 PUBLIC FORUM SHORTS

What would happen if we had a political "deal" on the debt and we got our fiscal house in order? And if not, what happens 20 to 30 years out? Get direct answers to these questions and more. You can also watch the full event. Read more »

LATEST ON COMMON GROUNDER BLOG

Will new Senate institute honoring Ted Kennedy foster bipartisan cooperation?

The opening of the Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate is a very tangible demonstration of how bipartisanship and a spirit of working together for the good of the county is highly valued by both the public and our leaders even if it is not well-practiced. To us it is yet another data point indicating that our leaders would naturally operate more collaboratively if they were not influenced by the far ends of the political spectrum where the most vocal and well-funded political operations reside. The EMK Institute's vision to promote "an appreciation for participatory democracy and civil discourse" gets to the heart of how we can bring change to the way our leaders conduct the business of governing. We applaud the EMK Institute, Senator Kennedy, those who created the institute, and the leaders who have and will demonstrate its core values. Read more »

COMMON GROUND IN ACTION

Politicians and Citizens Talking Without Shouting? It Can Happen.

The cynical view of political discourse is that, in these polarized times, members of Congress can’t really persuade their constituents. If talk does anything, leaders can only mobilize their supporters and tell them how they should think and vote. But in a new study, my collaborators (Kevin Esterling, David Lazer, William Minozzi and the Congressional Management Foundation) and I found something potentially much more encouraging about how political leaders and citizens can talk to each other. Read more »

VIDEO: HOW YOUR DONATIONS HELP

Want to be part of the solution? Common Ground Committee forums bring light not heat to the public discourse. Our goal to bring truth, clarity, understanding and progress to issues of importance, is something we can all agree on. Your financial support makes a difference by providing the resources needed to produce public forums in first class venues and with expert panelists. Watch video »