Convening Critical Conversations
Thought Partnerships convenes interdisciplinary Working Groups focused on connecting a diverse ecosystem of practitioners, researchers, funders, technologists, and others working to combat hate and division. The Working Groups facilitate an exchange of knowledge, opportunity for peer review, feedback on challenges, and ongoing collaboration. We create a safe and vibrant space for participants across geographies and sectors to learn about new approaches and share analysis of current trends, effective methodologies, and lessons learned from their interventions.
A valuable aspect of the Working Groups is their ability to initiate tangible, offline connections that, by drawing on the diversity and breadth of the participants’ specialties and skill sets, serve to bolster and amplify impact beyond what individual actors could accomplish on their own.
Working Groups to Combat Hate & Division
Global Working group
The Global Working Group was founded in March 2015 and has over a few short years grown to represent the voices and participation of over 25+ organizations in nine countries working collectively to prevent identity based violence across 50 contexts around the world. The virtual meetings take place every other month and include a combination of substantive presentations on a country context or theme with time for participant updates on relevant threads of work and upcoming opportunities for collaboration.
U.S. Working Group
The U.S Working Group to Combat Hate and Division was founded in June 2017 with the intention of bridging a conversation between international and U.S. practitioners. It does so by bringing together international conflict prevention organizations, who with the shifting socio-political environment wanted to examine the efficacy of applying their tools domestically, and U.S civil liberties and anti-hate organizations who have spent decades working on creating a more just, peaceful, and inclusive society. This Working Group has now expanded to encompass over 25 organizations and remains the only cross-disciplinary conversation of its kind. The Working Group meets every other month to engage substantively on tools and methodologies as well as to discuss emerging trends, challenges, and breakthroughs.