The Common Good Builder

Sometimes we must deal with challenges that involve many competing interests, where lots of people are affected and have something to say, but where no one person or group is solely responsible for meeting the challenge. Such situations are often described as intractable and while all those affected want to see the challenge resolved, they have accepted that they themselves will never do more than place sticking plasters over what is a much greater wound.

Now though, the Common Good Builder is being developed for communities facing such an intractable challenge to begin to have a different kind of conversation that not only leads to action and collaboration, but which is infused with the values of human dignity and the Common Good.

The Common Good Builder is a problem-solving tool for communities and organisations to tackle difficult issues by applying the principles of Common Good Thinking. It brings together people who may disagree with each other or who come from different backgrounds or interests to talk through difficult problem and find solutions. The process identifies actions they can take together that lead to lasting transformations that enable all to flourish.

The most important benefit of the Common Good Builder is progress made towards solution of the challenge faced. Other benefits include:

  • Every concerned voice is able to contribute and is expected to take responsibility;

  • Starting with independent expert opinion builds a level playing field;

  • The event is facilitated to drive actions for all;

  • The event is respectful of all, breeding greater respect between participants.

Building on earlier trials, T4CG is now working in partnership with Vincent Neate, an expert mediator to develop the Common Good Builder into a training model to equip people to tackle a range of issues.

T4CG is currently trialling the process with Revd Dr Ian Terry, Team Rector of Bournemouth Town Centre. The process is acting as a catalyst to bring local partners together to tackle homelessness. Read more here on our blog.


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