Joan Blades is a cofounder of, an open source effort to rebuild respectful civil discourse across ideological, cultural, and party lines while embracing our core shared values. She is also a cofounder of and She is a coauthor of The Custom-Fit Workplace, winner of a Nautilus book award in 2011, and The Motherhood Manifesto, which won the Ernesta Drinker Ballard Book Prize in 2007. A mediator by training and inclination, she is a nature lover, artist, and true believer in the power of citizens.