Sarah Read

Sarah Read is president of Communications Center, Inc. in Columbia, Missouri, USA. She has more
than 25 years of experience in helping others work through complex issues.  She has designed and
facilitated  collaborative processes to resolve complex regulatory issues, facilitated a range of
community dialogues, helped to lead visioning and strategic planning efforts, and provided
trainings on dialogue and civic engagement to several different groups and organizations.  Many of
the projects she has worked on required the integration of both quantitative and qualitative data
with stakeholder input.  Sarah’s clients have included governmental organizations, both large and
small businesses, professional firms, non-profits,community groups, and educational institutions.
Sarah served on the Missouri Supreme Court Commission on Alternative Dispute Resolution,
earned an AV® Preeminent™ rating from Martindale Hubbell for her legal work, and has received
numerous other professional awards and recognitions.  As an adjunct professor she has also taught
the public policy dispute resolution class at the University of Missouri School of Law.


Democracy Rising 16: Getting Started with Dialogue and Deliberation, Part 5

As you work to create deliberative dialogues, you will face many challenges. This post looks at two of those: getting people to show up, and ensuring that participation is productive.

April 18, 2022


Democracy Rising 15: Getting Started with Dialogue and Deliberation, Part 4

Even as an ordinary citizen you can begin engaging and facilitating change by starting with dialogue right where you are, and building from there.

April 5, 2022


Democracy Rising 14: Getting Started with Dialogue and Deliberation, Part 3

What I mean by dialogue is a defined set of communication patterns that build understanding and help people of different backgrounds and experiences openly share their thoughts and work through their differences with mutual respect.

March 25, 2022


Democracy Rising 13:  Getting Started with Dialogue and Deliberation, Part 2

The first step in deciding where and how to start with deliberative dialogue is to ask, what is your environment and how are you placed and rooted in it?

March 18, 2022


Democracy Rising 12: Getting Started with Dialogue and Deliberation, Part 1

And even if you are not an alliance builder, protester, organizer, or ready to take on an entire system, there is much you can do in the democratic wetlands to improve the democratic environment in ways that help support and sustain the overall work of change.

March 7, 2022