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John Marks has used the following protocol in his Search for Common Ground.
Person A speaks. Person B listens and feeds back what (s)he heard before speaking. Then, after B speaks, A has to mirror back what B said, to B's satisfaction. Then A can speak.
They go back and forth like this several times.
They seek to clarify their differences AND to find things they agree on. For example, pro-life and pro-choice leaders have agreed to work together on pregnancy prevention and adoption services.
John Steiner <email@example.com>
(edited and added to by Tom Atlee)