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August 18, 2021
 
Dear <<First Name>>,

To showcase Convergence’s success convening Collaborative Dialogues, we partnered with the terrific anti-polarization organization Common Ground Committee to co-produce a series of podcasts, two of which are newly released. 

The podcast on "Education Reimagined" features issue-opposites National Education Association (NEA) President Becky Pringle and school choice philanthropist Gisèle Huff. In the course of the dialogue, they put differences aside, found common ground, and even became friends. Their collaborative experience was echoed multiple times as the Convergence Education Reimagined dialogue became a nationwide movement dedicated to transforming education.  

“There’s nothing like looking into somebody’s eyes,” said Pringle. “When you do that, you see their humanity.”  

Dr. Huff concurred, saying that present conflicts can melt away when opponents imagine together what they’d like to move toward over 10 or 20 years: “You’re looking at this from the future and trying to establish what ought to be.” 

The enthusiasm both women shared about the Convergence process – including how they exchanged stories of personal loss while breaking bread together – is as heartwarming as it is inspirational. Listen to their story here. 
The "The Long-Term Care Crisis" podcast was also very compelling, featuring Stuart Butler, Howard Gleckman, and Paul Van de Water, all members of Convergence’s Long-Term Care Financing Collaborative. The conversation explored how participants on opposing sides developed trust, saw sticking points through each other’s eyes, and reached a consensus to propose a new universal insurance program for catastrophic long-term care. 

Butler admitted that it took a long time before he and Gleckman understood why Van de Water was so intransigent about certain issues, but they finally experienced a lightbulb, life-changing moment.

“Even now, I think I’m much more sensitive to that when I’m in public policy conversations,” Butler said. “It’s had a lasting impact on me.” 

Listen to their story here and learn more about the proposed legislation the Collaborative has catalyzed, as detailed in the below Health Affairs and New York Times articles. 

Read on to learn more about how Convergence is making news – and a difference! 
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New York Times Spotlights Convergence’s Long-Term Care Financing Collaborative (Again)
“Growing old is an increasingly expensive privilege often requiring supports and services that...can overwhelm all but the wealthiest seniors,” says New York Times editorial writer Michelle Cottle. Her in-depth article examines the looming long-term care financial crisis and Convergence’s Long-Term Care Financing Collaborative’s recommended fix. (An April story also highlighted the Collaborative.) 
 
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The Middle Ground for Fixing Long-Term Care Costs
Don’t miss the new Health Affairs blog by Convergence board member Stuart Butler and Marc Cohen, co-director of the LeadingAge LTSS Center @UMass Boston, of our Long-Term Care Financing Collaborative. It’s an in-depth analysis of the “WISH Act,” proposed legislation based on ideas and recommendations first put forward by the diverse group of participants in our Collaborative.
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Webinar: "Addressing Toxic Polarization: A Deep Dive"
Our June webinar on addressing toxic polarization was so robust that we invited our panelists back for more! An engaged and enthusiastic audience tuned in to hear Convergence CEO David Eisner and three fascinating bridge-building leaders answer questions such as: “How do you have a conversation with someone that lives in a political reality entirely different than your own?” and “How can we address the 'division industry' that profits by promoting the worldview of 'us versus them'"? If you missed it, check out the recording. 
 
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Podcast: Long-Term Care Collaborative Members Discuss
Financing Crisis and Solutions
How did the diverse group of experts in Convergence’s Long-Term Care Financing Collaborative see eye-to-eye on their recommendation for a universal catastrophic long-term care insurance program? Hear three Collaborative members explain how time, trust, and reliable data led to their groundbreaking idea.
 
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Podcast: Convergence Inspires Unexpected Friendship
“Gisèle and I had this seminal moment...when I asked her to step outside the room and just talk to me,” says NEA president Becky Pringle in this special podcast that explores the powerful impact of Convergence’s Education Reimagined dialogue.
 
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Bridging Divides and Solving Problems
Convergence Meets the Moment
Help us break new ground, bridge divides to find solutions for America’s cascading crises, and partner to advance the bridge-building movement in the battle against toxic polarization. Will you invest today in solving problems through collaborative dialogue?
 
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