Current Mediators Projects


Philanthropy Bridging Divides (PBD)

Over the past year, the field of philanthropy has been deep in this conversation. The profession is asking itself: What role can we play in rebuilding civil discourse?

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Citizen Summit 2018

Citizen Summit

A convening of leaders from various sectors and local constituencies working together to demonstrate an alternative to hyper-partisan politics.


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Bridge Alliance: Building a Transpartisan Movement

To support ongoing efforts to bring collaborative leadership, decision-making, and genuine problem-solving into the public square; to assist in linking such initiatives into a transpartisan movement; and to partner with existing transpartisan organizations and leaders in bringing this movement to scale.

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 VoterRX™ – for a healthy democracy

VoterRX™ is a viral 2-3 minute short video series employing humor, satire, and common sense to greatly increase voter turnout and civic engagement. Set in the spoofed world of a prescription drug commercial, VoterRX™ reveals in a fun and humorous way a simple and empowering truth: voting and civic engagement are essential to maintaining a healthy and vibrant democracy.

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Living Room Conversations

Living Room Conversations is an open-source project exploring the power of revitalized civil discourse in America that enables citizens to engage in self-guided conversations about controversial issues.

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 Active Peace — Community Healing Initiative 

The Community Healing Initiative offers a transformational approach to social change using the principles and practices of nonviolence and restorative justice.

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3S Project

The 3S Project offers a unique blend of grounded expertise and agile innovation, including interdisciplinary professionals who explore solutions from all angles and the intention to generate fresh action that drives de-escalation.

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Common Ground Initiative (CGI) 

CGI catalyzing a new narrative in culture that features common ground as central to our American identity and as an embodiment of our collective hope for a free and equal future.

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Colorado Cross-Boundary Initiatives Project (CCBI)

Mediators Foundation is involved in numerous state-based activities to demonstrate that citizens at the local level can work together in ways that can reconnect rather than divide Americans.

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Other Projects


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¡Vamos Adelante!

The purpose of ¡Vamos Adelante! is to provide support for the undocumented citizens of Boulder County, Colorado. This will be achieved by connecting the undocumented community to vital legal, educational, and psychological resources that are urgently needed.

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Wisdom Beyond Borders

Wisdom Beyond Borders is a fund, administered by Mediators Foundation, to support the work of individual wisdom teachers and leaders through honoraria, a kind of small-scale MacArthur Award.

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Fiscal Sponsorship

Mediators provides fiscal sponsorship to projects that enhance the foundation’s vision.
Most projects come to us through board member referrals. However, if interested, please contact us to explore possible synergies.

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Previous Projects

Mediators Foundation, among its several roles, has served for many years as an incubator for major projects in the realm of civic and political engagement.
Following are the major ones:
Entertainment Summit (1987 – 1988): brought together US and Soviet films industries to help end the Cold War on the Big Screen.
• Served as fiscal agent and incubated Carolyn Lukensmyer’s organization, America Speaks, that functioned for many years with amazing impact.
• Partnered with the Aspen Institute as funding agent and co-designer for the US House of Representatives Bipartisan Congressional Retreats in 1997 and 1999.
• Promoted and guided the early stages of the US Consensus Council  (2001-2009) under Rob Fersh’s leadership, which came extremely close to passing Congressional legislation and which was reborn  as the Convergence Center for Policy Resolution.
• Incubated and served as a fiscal agent for Reuniting America (2004-2009), which  fostered a series of transpartisan dialogues with leaders across the partisan divides regarding shared values, climate change and Iran.