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Democratic governments exist to help citizens with differing opinions find common ground—the place where people’s thoughts, opinions, and beliefs intersect. Whether it’s Congress, your state, or the local town council, elected leaders often have to make trade-offs, giving up some things they favor to gain support for others. In this badge, investigate how our government does it—and how you can, too.

1. Get to know someone different from you

2. Make decisions in a group

3. Explore civil debate

4. Understand a compromise

5. Find common ground through mediation

When I've earned this badge, I'll know strategies for bringing people together to find common ground.

Iron-on. Twill with embroidery. Polyester. Made in USA.

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