Starts With Us - Citizen Solutions

Americans Deserve

Come to the Table!

Our new poll shows that a majority of Republicans and Democrats share 6 values but neither believes the other side agrees with them.

Learn more about Citizen Solutions, our initiative to empower Americans to overcome our misperceptions and co-create solutions to shared challenges.


Click a State Below to See Solution Proposals Created By Citizens

We piloted the Citizen Solutions process in Tennessee. More states coming soon.


Want to get involved?

We want to hear your ideas on where to do solution sessions and what divisive issues to tackle.

The Citizen Solutions process unlocks citizen action.



For three days we dived past stereotypes and political catchphrases and talked about real people in real life. We talked about solutions. I'd be lying if I said we agreed on everything. I'd also be lying if I said we walked away unchanged.”

Arriell Gipson Martin

Tennessee solution session participant


“I deal with my problems in the mountains and others deal with theirs in the city, and they look awfully familiar. This process has broadened my perspective. We've got to find a way to solve problems together.”

Jay Zimmerman

Tennessee solution session participant


“A pathway of hope has opened up for me in this process.”

Brandi Kellett

Tennessee solution session participant


“If you put diverse people in a room, they can come up with common sense solutions. The experimental structure of this process is what’s most interesting. I look forward to seeing what it looks like on a national scale.”

Dan Semenza

Director at New Jersey Gun Violence Research Center at Rutgers


Poll: Common Ground Revealed

Starts With Us and NORC partnered to answer an important question: do Americans across the political spectrum share values? The results are clear - about 9 in 10 Republicans and Democrats strongly agree on the importance of six fundamental values. While there is consensus on values, we are skeptical the “other side” shares them. 

The poll also found that 8 in 10 people across partisan lines believe it is very or extremely important for citizens to be involved in finding solutions to problems facing our country. This presents an opportunity, and Starts With Us is taking action. We launched Citizen Solutions with Convergence Center for Policy Resolution, and now we need your help. Read our press release with the poll results


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