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The Reunited States of America – How We Can Close the “Reality Gap” and Create a Sane and Sacred Center

Aired 17 November 2020 – 5:00 PM EDT

An Interview With Author and Mediation Expert Mark Gerzon

“Instead of the current tug-of-war pulling us apart, we need a tug-of-peace where we all pull together in the same direction.” — Swami Beyondananda


At the most politically contentious time since the Civil War, can you imagine what it would take to “reunite America”? You can’t? Well our guest this week, Mark Gerzon, can. He has written a book called the Reunited States of America, and his life work for the past half-century has been bringing all sides together in fruitful conversation.

Mark Gerzon is the president of Mediators Foundation and is one of the key architects of the field of global leadership and an experienced facilitator in high-conflict zones. He has advised a wide variety of organizations including the US Congress, multinational corporations, and UNDP. The author of numerous books, including Leading Through Conflict and Global Citizens, his most recent book is The Reunited States of America: How We Can Bridge the Partisan Divide. 

Concerned about the increasing polarization in American communities, Mark has spent the last two decades working on the ideological frontier between Left and Right. He co-designed and served as head facilitator for the US Bipartisan Congressional Retreats in the late 1990s, and has spent the following years participating in a wide variety of efforts to deepen dialogue across the political spectrum. He is currently developing with his colleagues a multi-pronged strategy to build a transpartisan movement in the United States… Read more here…