Civic Fusion and Political Polarization: A Webinar with Susan Podziba, Principal, Podziba Policy Mediation
1 PM GMT
This free webinar is sponsored by the Section of Dispute Resolution’s Public Policy, Consensus Building, and Democracy Committee. This webinar is not for CLE credit.
Mediators can trigger and sustain civic fusion, a phenomenon in which people with passionately different political positions bond to address shared public conflicts without sacrificing their core values. In this period of heightened polarization, how can mediators promote civic fusion to help re-unify the nation?
During this webinar, Susan Podziba will illustrate the complex work of building consensus on contentious issues based on her past projects, including her work with pro-life and pro-choice leaders; rebuilding democracy in a failed city; and creating consensus federal regulations to protect workers. She will then lead a discussion on how to apply civic fusion to the issues that divide the nation.
The lessons, process strategies, and skills covered in this webinar will be helpful for mediators and facilitators. Webinar participants will improve their capacities to imagine and propose achievable process goals and outcomes as well as better design appropriate processes, especially when conflicts are characterized by dynamics of polarization and deeply divergent political positions.