Transforming polarized politics in the Minnesota state legislature

When statehouse adversaries began working together with BayNVC’s Miki Kashtan, a gridlocked political debate gave way to a remarkable shared win.


The Minnesota Child Custody Dialogue Group transcended deeply entrenched positions and a history of personal mistrust to resolve an issue that had seemed intractable for years. The one new factor was the collaborative process they used, a three-step framework called Convergent Facilitation. First the group translated their differing views into deeper principles that all agreed on. Then those principles inspired new proposals. Finally, they drew on their newfound mutual understanding to craft a collaborative solution.


Click here to read a case study of this project from the Center for Efficient Collaboration.