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Engaging the Public

Consensus brings people together to learn, to talk, and to find common ground for action. From day-long meetings of several hundred to focus groups and online surveys, we give people a voice in issues that affect their lives. We understand the political realities. We know the community. We help governments and others find solutions to the toughest public problems.

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Civility Awards

Consensus honors those who take the high road in public life. Award winners personify respect, integrity, engagement, inclusiveness, objectivity, and a willingness to look for common ground. Civility Award winners are individuals, events and organizations that reach across boundaries to make things better. We launched the awards after studying how citizens want to engage in difficult issues.

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Get Involved

Consensus is a nonprofit with a 30-year track record of engaging the public in public policy. Our volunteers lead discussions, help produce events, and advocate for excellent public engagement. Our projects include the Civility Awards, Creating Community Solutions-KC, deliberative forums and more. Sign up for our e-newsletter to stay informed. Contact Jennifer Wilding, executive director, with questions or to find out how you might help.

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