Negotiating for a Better World


History

Active Neutrals began in the fall of 2012 when a group of professional neutrals felt a call to use their skills to engage in the conversations taking place on college campuses surrounding fossil fuel divestment. We set about to coach and train both administrators and students in how to effectively communicate their concerns and negotiate constructively. Based on the success of our work enabling students and administrators to reach creative and mutually beneficial outcomes, we broadened our scope to include other difficult social conversations between activists and decision makers. Since our founding, we have benefited from the support and generosity of the Religious Society of Friends, whose legacy of peace making and reconciliation we seek to extend as we address the pressing issues of the day. 

Mission

Our mission is to seek out, train and empower activists in conversations with decision makers focused on equality, income equality, and sustainable resource management in order to facilitate decisions on these complex issues that result in intelligent and practical action. We draw from current best practices in the fields of mediation, negotiation and conflict management in order to create mutually acceptable outcomes that benefit all parties in any dispute or negotiation. Active Neutrals also works with organizations to streamline internal communication, aid in visioning and strategy conversations for organizations with missions focused on social justice and environmental sustainability.  

We have chosen three areas of focus for our work: 

1) Sustainable Resource Management;

2) Gender;

3) Income Inequality. 

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