Reinventing Congress for the 21st Century A Blueprint for Bringing Participation and Excellence to American Politics



American politics is broken. With the Cold War won, the economy strong, and democracy triumphant, the United States should be enjoying the taste of victory and the fruits of peace. Instead, we are politically demoralized. At best, lawmakers enact policies of dubious merit. More often, opposing sides simply lock horns and nothing is resolved. No matter who is in power, negative election campaigns, deceptive platforms, voter frustration, and opposition for its own sake are the foundations of national policymaking. The current structure represents neither who we are, what we need, nor the best within us.

Reinventing Congress for the 21st Century shows how the conflicts at the heart of American society can be resolved at the core of out political system. Based on the work of the MIT-Harvard Public Disputes Program, the book uses models adopted by the most successful American enterprises. Disturbing in its analysis and hopeful in the possibilities it paints, Reinventing Congress offers an achievable blueprint-a responsible legislature chosen by a responsible citizenry.


“The bipartisan system of Congress no longer works. It must be reinvented. New ideas, such as the system of universal representation proposed in Reinventing Congress for the 21st Century, do not merely deserve a hearing; they must be actively and quickly tested for the nation to survive.”M. Scott Peck, author of The Road Less Traveled and A World Waiting to Be Born

“The case for instituting this system is compelling . . . the concept of representation itself must be updated.”Kenneth M. Dolbeare, co-author of USA 2012: After the Middle Class Revolution, and Chair, Graduate Program in Public Administration, Evergreen State College

“A brilliant paradigm break! . . . Keep an eye on this exciting idea.” – Michael Marien, Editor of Future Survey

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You may order this role simulation in either soft copy (electronic) or hard copy (paper) format. If you select the soft copy option, you will receive an e-mail with a URL (website address) from which you may download an electronic file in Adobe Acrobat PDF format. You will have one week to download your materials from when you receive the email. You are then only authorized to use, print, or share the materials as many times as the number of copies you purchase. The TNRC charges for use of this simulation on a per-participant basis. Therefore, you must purchase a separate copy of this simulation for each person who will be participating, regardless of the number of roles in the simulation. You will only receive a link to one electronic file, which includes all general instructions, confidential instructions, and any teaching notes for the simulation. You should separate out the instructions before distributing to participants.

If you select the hard copy option, you will receive paper copies of this role simulation via the shipping method you select.

For additional information about the soft copy option, please visit our FAQ section, or contact the PON Teaching Negotiation Resource Center at or 800-258-4406 (within the U.S.) or 301-528-2676 (outside the U.S.).

Please note: At the present time, Teaching Negotiation Resource Center soft copies are compatible with the following versions of the Adobe Acrobat Reader: English, German, French, Spanish, Swedish, Portuguese, Japanese, and Korean. If you have a different version of the Acrobat Reader, you may wish to download one of these at, or contact the PON Teaching Negotiation Resource Center at, 800-258-4406 (within the U.S.), or 301-528-2676 (outside the U.S.) for further assistance. This restriction does not apply to the freely available Teacher’s Package Review Copies.

Ordering a single copy for review

If you wish to review the materials for a particular role simulation to decide whether you’d like to use it, a PDF, or soft copy, version of the Teacher’s Package for the simulation is available as a free download from the description page of most role simulations and case studies. All Teacher’s Packages include copies of all participant materials. In addition, some Teacher’s Packages (but not all) include additional teaching materials such as teaching notes or overhead masters.

Ordering copies for multiple participants

To order multiple copies of a role simulation for use in a course or workshop, simply enter the total number of participants in the box next to “Quantity.” There is no need to calculate how many of each role is required.

If you are ordering hard copies, the Teaching Negotiation Resource Center will calculate the appropriate numbers of each role to provide, based on the total number of participants. For example, if you wish to order a 2-party role simulation for use with a class of 30 students, you would enter “30” in the box next to “Quantity.” You then would receive 15 copies of one role and 15 copies of the other role, for use with your 30 participants. As another example, if you ordered 30 participant copies of a 6-party role simulation, you would receive 5 copies of each role.

In the event that the number of participant copies you order is not evenly divisible by the number of roles in the simulation, you will receive extra copies of one or more roles. Participants receiving the extra roles may partner with other participants playing the same role, thus negotiating as a team. So, for instance, if you ordered 31 copies of a 2-party role simulation, you would receive 15 copies of the first role and 16 copies of the second role. One of the participants playing the second role would partner with another participant playing that same role, and the two would negotiate as a team.