Lesson 1: Bring the whole system into the room When attempting to bridge boundaries, make a concerted effort to ensure that you have representation from all conflicting groups. In the run-up to the transpartisan retreat, Gerzon went to great lengths to encourage a broad and inclusive group of people to attend. As he explains, to bridge boundaries, you need to allow all points of view to be heard by bringing the full range of the system into the room.

We brought together a whole range of people—there were thirty people in the room. We had Al Gore representing the green wing. We had the Competitive Enterprise Institute representing the industry wing. There were participants from the Christian Coalition and some of the ...

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