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By Megan McClure

Join NCSL members from across the country Sept. 13 in learning new skills and ideas when it comes to engaging constituents, interest groups and peers in productive and collaborative spaces and dialogue with the ultimate goal of compromise and getting things done with the best interests of those affected in mind.

Larry SchoolerWebinar speaker Larry Schooler is the director of community engagement and consensus building for the public policy strategy firm Engaged Public and a senior fellow at the National Civic League. He has spoken at several NCSL events.

Schooler will discuss how conflicts tend to be resolved now, what’s missing from how we currently do things and what we can do differently to have clear and respectful discourse that engages more people and allows voices to be heard, hostilities to be avoided and good decision making and policy to happen.

Participants will learn about both the art and science behind finding consensus to address challenging public policy issues by exploring effective methods and proven techniques that produce agreement to policy challenges. Participants will walk away with new tools and skills for creating consensus among diverse interest groups.

Keep an eye out for an upcoming interview with Schooler in State Legislatures magazine about citizen engagement and overhauling the town hall concept and another LSS webinar.

Megan McClure is a senior staff assistant in NCSL's Legislative Staff Services Program.

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