I often wonder how one might bring the skills of a mediator to the political divides in the US. I don't think that we can just blame elected representatives, we elected them. When I have spoken to conservative family member (I am much more liberal) I find that we are concerned about many of the same issues. It seems that usually every side talks past those who disagree with them using the information that they obtain from sources they agree with and/or trust. We mostly see the same arguments again and again, and nothing goes anywhere (I'm speaking of the news media, discussions on facebook, etc).
Is there anyone that you know of working to build constructive dialog between the different perspectives?