OUR MISSION

We convene people and groups with conflicting views to build trust, identify solutions, and form alliances for action on critical national issues.

WHO WE ARE

We are a lean, determined, 501c3 non-profit organization focused on solving social challenges through collaboration. We bring deep knowledge of policy and process and work with leaders and doers to move past divergent views to identify workable solutions to seemingly intractable issues. The Convergence team has been instrumental in tackling a range of social issues throughout careers spent in the public and private sectors. We are building on past successes to spread the word and the tools for use in solving a broad array of challenges.

WHAT WE DO

At Convergence, we focus on solutions. We convene people and groups with conflicting views to identify specific actions that will make a lasting difference. We get there through structured, facilitated dialogue and long-term relationship building. Our process builds trust and understanding and shifts the focus from conflict to action. The products of our continuous effort throughout the life of a project include breakthrough coalitions working toward transformative action and a renewed sense of what is possible through shared goals and long-term cooperation.

OUR WORK

Convergence was founded in 2009 to offer an alternative solution for addressing urgent social and policy issues that were bogged down in disagreement and discord. Drawing from decades of experience solving difficult policy issues, Convergence was formed to use dialogue and collaboration to generate breakthrough solutions to important yet intractable problems. And it is working.

Since then, we have undertaken four multi-year projects to identify solutions to:

WHAT’S NEXT

Convergence is at a turning point. With our proven process generating workable solutions to four challenging issues, we want to do more. By 2020, our plan calls for:

  • 10 projects of national consequence completed or under way
  • Implementation of key action programs identified by our project teams
  • R&D into new areas of focus
  • Development of a turnkey toolkit for organizations looking to adopt a culture of collaborative problem solving.

Current Opportunities for Convergence Center for Policy Resolution

Convergence Center for Policy Resolution: Re-imagining Education Project Research Intern (Spring)

Opportunity Type: Internship
Description: Convergence Center for Policy Resolution is seeking a research intern on its Re-imagining Education Project for the Spring 2015 semester. Convergence's mission is to convene people and groups with conflicting views to build trust, identify solutions, and form alliances for action on critical national issues. The Re-imagining Education Project convened a group of 30 influential education leaders and thinkers for an 18-month process to re-imagine education. As of October 2014, the stakeholders created a new vision for learner-centered learning and are now actively engaged in realizing that vision. Responsibilities: As an integral member of the team, the research intern will become very familiar with the Re-imagining Education Project, including its trajectory and goals. He or she will both research assigned topics and provide input on other research topics that would advance the project. The research intern will be expected to conduct thorough research and to present completed research in a clear, organized, and concise way. Qualifications: A focus or background in education practice and/or policy is strongly preferred. The position requires a self-starter with excellent interpersonal, research, and communications skills. Applicants should be passionate and open-minded about the issues associated with education. In addition, interns should: -Be flexible with regard to work assignments -Work well individually and with others -Have a high command of written and spoken English -Be fluent with Word, Excel, and online communication vehicles Applicants must be able to commit 20 hours-per-week. Preference will be given to applicants who are able to work full-time.

Contact Information

Convergence Center for Policy Resolution
1133 19th Street, N.W., Suite 250
Washington, DC 20036
http://www.convergencepolicy.org/contact-us/