Faith Voices helps member organizations leverage the power of the internet. Our services enable virtual town meetings, educational conferences, and "creative synthesis" writing sessions using state-of-the-art technologies.

Our centerpiece is Synanim, an internet system that enables vast numbers to engage one another online in a creative learning process, working together in small groups of six to ten. Through structured dialogue, participants synthesize consensus, create documents and identify leaders.

Synanim constructs a shared understanding based on insights from each individual. Members of a group converge toward a conceptualization built from the many ideas the members brought to the encounter. As a result, Synanim skirts the problem of mapping existing positions by building a new position, a consensus to which each individual has grown.

Read about Synanim for use as an online "town hall" technology.

Past Synanim Projects
Synanim's core applications -- communication, learning, group dialogue -- make it useful in almost any setting. User feedback.

On Monday, Dec. 5, hundreds of people of conscience all across America gathered online for 60 minutes to initiate discussion and begin writing a Declaration of Interdependence.

Peace Not Poverty
Over 13,000 people signed up to engage conscientious peers and speak out against the Iraq War, producing a declaration called Peace Not Poverty. The Declaration was read by the selected leader at the Beyond Iraq interfaith service at Riverside Church in New York on April 4, 2005.

Lift Every Voice! Declaration on Christianity and the Future of America, for which 1,083 people registered, was to proclaim faithful Christian values in the public square. Participants worked over the internet for four hours in groups of 6-8, followed the next day by an editing group which worked for a total of seven hours. Writers came from all over the U.S., including most of the red states.

The Future of PANAAWTM Theology is a position paper written collaboratively by Rita Nakashima Brock, Kwok Pui Lan, and Seung Ai Yang using Synanim. Though written in English in less than 3.5 hours, no one in this group speaks English as their native language.

Members of FaithfulAmerica created An "Alternative State of the Union" Address using Synanim to initiate the process. The Address was endorsed by: Rabbi Balfour Brickner, Dr. Rita Nakashima Brock, Rev. Joan Brown Campbell, Sister Joan Chittister, Rev. Pat Clark, Rev. James Forbes, Rev. Debra Haffner, Rabbi Steven Jacobs, Dr. Frances Kissling, Dr. John Mohawk, Rev. Albert Pennybackerk, Rev. Dr. Paul Sherry, and Dr. Walter Wink.

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