Must disagreement be disagreeable? The answer is no – but achieving a productive and trustful exchange requires strategic perspective, thoughtful planning, plus some pragmatic in-the-heat-of-the-moment skills. From high-profile public sessions to small stakeholder groups, Matt Lehrman offers lessons both practical and profound for conducting community meetings that activate listening and spark collaborative problem-solving. The cornerstone of Matt Lehrman's dynamic presentation is the idea that civic engagement isn’t about advocating for any single issue, political party or candidate but rather about recognizing the shared desire for mutual betterment that is the core value of every community. Civic engagement is not just about participation, but about welcoming and engaging others in that process, too. Matt Lehrman operates Social Prosperity Partners as a division of Audience Avenue LLC - designing and facilitating meetings that engage diverse people & perspectives, de-escalate tensions, inspire collaborative thinking, and spark meaningful dialogue around policy options and opportunities.