Keith Allred

Executive Director of the National Institute for Civil Discourse
Portrait of Keith Allred on Capitol Hill


Political Common Sense in Four Easy Steps

Sunday, March 12, 2:30 p.m.

Surround Stage

KEITH'S TALK, Political Common Sense in Four Easy Steps 

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Americans are growing more polarized by virtually every measure, except on the issues themselves. And we are evenly divided, as shown by the near 50/50 split in both houses of Congress. It may look like an unbreakable deadlock, but the more than 50,000 members of the Commonsense American program have drawn on these two factors to dramatically improve bipartisan congressional problem solving. Leveraging a proven four-step formula, we played a critical role in Congress passing legislation ending surprise medical billing in 2020, investing in physical infrastructure in 2021, and in 2022 we advanced bipartisan election reform to protect our democracy for generations. Join us to learn how to defeat the odds, bring common sense back to American politics and see what's next on the agenda! 


See Keith's behind-the-scenes interview.

Keith Allred is the Executive Director of the National Institute for Civil Discourse, an organization that works to build our nation's capacity to engage differences constructively. His work has been featured in the Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Los Angeles Times, The Hill, and Congressional Quarterly. He also launched Commonsense American, a program that brings Republicans, Democrats, and Independents together from across the country to find and champion solutions with broad grassroots support. The more than 50,000 Commonsense members played a meaningful role in passing bipartisan federal legislation to end surprise medical billing in 2020 and to invest in America's infrastructure in 2021. In 2022, they are working on bipartisan federal elections legislation.