Intensity Gap/Martin Rosenfeld

Posted on October 31, 2010


The debate on Health Care has led to interesting polling. While the country is virtually split on its support of a new Health Care program, those who are opposed are “strongly opposed” and those who are in favor are not passionate about their support. This is a statistical gap many call an “intensity gap”. Often those who are most passionate about their values control the debate and/or the “news cycle”. This is likely how the “Tea Party” gatherings began to pick up visibility and a national following.

In mediations, “intensity” counts for very little. There is no captive audience nor are there pollsters measuring what “the people out there” are thinking. A mediation, led by a trained practitioner, is made to exchange ideas and to find solutions. Speech-making and mugging for the camera counts not at all. When people talk civilly, solutions appear and the long search for Win-Win begins. Intensity indeed counts in the political realm. In the field of collaborative thinking, it is the sound of the “voice of reason” that controls the tempo and the agenda. Mediate don’t litigate.