Common Bond Institute

Like-Purposed Efforts and Events

Be Part Of

A National and International Movement

To Build Bridges

and Heal The Divides

The Engaging The Other Conference is one of many like-purposed bridge-building initiatives occurring around the country and globally. One of our central goals is to support, link with, and contribute to a growing stream of these efforts for a larger, coordinated, and more sustained impact.

We encourage those interested in the mission of the ETO Conference to learn more about these efforts and these events occurring immediately before or after our event, and consider joining them for more opportunities to contribute to a civil national dialogue.

Additional resources offering opportunities for involvement will continue to be included.

Upcoming Events:

1)  3rd “World Civility Day”:

     Thursday, April 12, 2018
     Location: Gary, Indiana

Full day workshops are at the Indiana Welcome Center and an Awards Dinner takes place the same evening at the Avalon Banquet Center in Merrillville.

More information:

2) Engaging The Other: The Power of Compassion:
     April 13-15, 2018

      Location: Madison, Wisconsin

  • Address rising polarization and animosity in our society
  • Advance a wider, inclusive public dialogue about toxic images of “Us and Them,”
  • and Promote compassionate, collaborative remedies and healing in our relationship with a perceived “Other.”

3)  Listen First in Charlottesville:    

     April 20-22, 2018
       Location: Charlottesville, Virginia

  • To support the continued healing and reconciliation in Charlottesville.
  • To inspire America toward mending our frayed social fabric by bridging divides with conversations that prioritize understanding the other.

Learn more about Listen First Project at:

4)  Bridge Summit 2018:

     April 20-22, 2018
      Location: Dallas, Texas

The Bridge Summit, hosted by BridgeUSA, will be an important gathering of highly influential business, political, civic, and student leaders philanthropists from across the political spectrum. The summit aims to bring together people from various backgrounds for the common goal of reuniting our democracy.
Learn more about BridgeUSA at:

5)  National Week of Conversation:

     April 20-28, 2018

Revitalizing America – Together. The last few years have been  hard on conversations. 75% of Americans now believe our inability to engage civilly with one another has reached a crisis level. We have not been this divided since the 1850’s. And the way we use technology tends to separate us even more. National Conversation Week is about bringing Americans together to talk it out. Organizations can sign up to partner and host affiliated events (you can even add them to the calendar). Individuals can sign up to participate both in person and online (individuals are welcome to host their own events too).

6)  9th Annual International Conference on Transgenerational Trauma

October, 25-27, 2019   Location:  Amman, Jordan

A Sharing of Skills:
Training in proven, practical skills and applications in current, real-world situations.

A Search for New Models and Methodologies:
Developing new culturally appropriate, practical models and methods at the large scale, societal level for healing communal trauma and preventing it’s transfer into future generations.

A Focused Dialogue and Deliberation:
Defining and addressing the multidimensional dynamics of inherited, unresolved communal trauma from one generation to the next, including historical understandings, development and perpetuation of communal victim identities and belief systems, effects on exclusive cultural membership and rites of belonging, war and violence, epigenetics, and implications for present and future relations within and between communities.

Transgenerational Trauma is seen as an underlying and complex global syndrome that divides, polarizes, and perpetuates enemy images, has been a central basis for past conflict and wars, and is a potent fuel for the eruption of violence in the present and future. Understanding it’s dynamics and implications, and developing ways to effectively prevent and treat it, are essential to healing and reconciliation within and between communities, establishing compassionate local and global relations, and achieving sustainable peace.

7)   7th Parliament of The World’s Religions:

     November 1-7, 2018   Location: Toronto, Canada

The Parliament of the World’s Religions was created to cultivate harmony among the world’s religious and spiritual communities and foster their engagement with the world and its guiding institutions in order to achieve a just, peaceful and sustainable world.

Since the historic 1893 World’s Parliament of Religions in Chicago, modern Parliaments have attracted participants from more than 200 diverse religious, indigenous, and secular beliefs and more than 80 nations to its international gatherings in Chicago (1993), Cape Town (1999), Barcelona (2004), Melbourne (2009), and Salt Lake City (2015). These Parliament events are the world’s oldest, largest, and most inclusive gatherings of the global interfaith movement. Individuals and communities who are equally invested in attaining this goal are invited.

Activist Organizations and Networks:

Living Room Conversations

Conscious Capitalism

Listen First Coalition

Bridge Alliance

Bridge The Divide

Mom’s Rising

Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS)

The Alliance School


AllSides Dictionary

Annual Conference on Muslim Mental Health

National Coalition for Dialogue and Deliberation

Essential Partners

Better Angels

Village Square

Charter For Compassion

Spiritual Playdate

Spaceship Media

Coffee Party USA

Mediators Foundation

Common Ground Committee

20,000 Dialogues
watch a film….make a friend….make peace happen

Unity Productions Foundation
Understand more about American Muslims and issues surrounding the Ground Zero controversy

Stanford University Research Group on Collective Trauma and Healing

Guerrand-Hermès Foundation for Peace
an international think-tank and peace research institute

Gesundheit! Institute
a project in holistic medical care based on the belief that one can not separate the
of the individual from the health of the family, the community, the society,
and the world.
Its mission is to reframe and reclaim the concept of ‘hospital’

Peace and Collaborative Development Network
Building Bridges, Networks and Expertise Across Sectors
A Free Professional and Academic Networking Site for Social Change,
Conflict Resolution,Civil Society D evelopment, and more