Common Ground for Action (CGA) is a unique, game changing online deliberation platform for making better decisions together.

CGA allows small groups of people to learn more about an issue, examine different actions to take, weigh trade-offs, and find common ground, with beautiful visuals that let students see their conversation evolve in real time.

Software specific to generating small group deliberation is a solution to the problem of deep polarization and disengagement by so many citizens in our democracy. Despite the COVID-19 crisis, communities continued to face the kind of wicked problems that require citizens to work together and with their elected officials to solve. These problems are not easily fixable with technocratic solutions, but are deep problems that require people to galvanize people across geographies, socioeconomic status, and education to make deliberative choices and solutions together. Developing practical, engaging, and simple civic technology connects citizens and officials together even when public health directives and official policy prevent meeting in person, is a necessity. Some online, social media-based platforms are decidedly non-deliberative and uncivil while the tools designed for collaborative, educational, or conversational purposes can fail to get participants weighing choices and making decisions together. Common Ground for Action is the only small group-focused, visual-centric, deliberative decision making platform in use and is the easiest program for citizens, elected officials, and experts to use when communities need to make tough decisions.

Check it out at

Or, listen to this podcast interview with Dr. Kara Dillard, a expert CGA moderator on how CGA works, strengths and challenges of the platform, and how to leverage online deliberation into meaningful change.


A visual, engaging way to allow people to have meaningful, productive online conversations about controversial issues.

We all know how tough it can be for young people to have useful, civil conversations about controversial issues— especially online. CGA provides a structured way for citizens to have these conversations, to more deeply explore their own judgment on an issue, and to better understand the judgment of others with different views. CGA also provides a wealth of easy-to-analyze information about participants and their views and attitudes towards an issue far different and deeper than what you get from surveys or even focus groups.


CGA forums are 2-hour, facilitated, deep, small-group deliberations.

In these small-group deliberations, participants learn more about the issue, share why they care about it, then examine three different approaches to dealing with the issue, including the trade-offs of each approach. At the end, participants reflect upon any common ground they have identified, and see the difference their talking together has made.


Technical mumbo jumbo? None.

There is no software to download; CGA runs in any browser. CGA’s interface is designed to be intuitive enough to allow participants of all ages and levels of tech-savviness to be able to participate with ease.


How can I set one of these up? Get in touch!

We can quickly show practitioners, researchers, and faculty how to facilitate their own forums, or we can connect you with a network of trained moderators to facilitate a forum for your group the end, students reflect upon any common ground they have identified, and see the difference their talking together has made.