Collaboration for the Common Good Our Five Principles Our distinctive approach to promoting collaboration for the common good follows five guiding principles. We teach and use these principles in every program we sponsor. 1. Reflection Before speaking our minds, we should think honestly about our own assumptions and biases and consider their soundness. 2. Communication We should express ourselves clearly, reasonably, and respectfully. 3. Listening We should pay attention to what others have to say and consider the possibility that they have insights we lack. 4. Empathy We should strive to understand and appreciate why others think and feel the way they do. 5. Deliberation In order to identify solutions to the problem at hand, we must first carefully weigh the input of all participants in a give-and-take process of discourse.