About Keystone Policy Center

Keystone Policy Center (formerly The Keystone Center) was founded in 1975 by Robert W. Craig —a visionary, scholar, and mountaineering legend—to independently facilitate the resolution of national policy conflicts. 

Today, Keystone Policy Center leads the ascent as a trusted guide in surmounting policy obstacles. An independent, not-for-profit organization, we bring together public, private, and civic sector leaders who have diverse perspectives but share a common desire to find lasting solutions to significant policy problems. Keystone Policy Center does not advocate for any single position; rather, we help groups unearth a line of sight from contention to collective action. In this age of polarized debate on nearly every major topic in public policy, we offer a refreshing yet proven blueprint for progress.  

In the past 40 years, Keystone has built a portfolio of substantive work in energy, environment, education, health, and agriculture and accomplishes this work with three complementary approaches which reflect the diverse strategies utilized in leadership and successful issue resolution:

Keystone Collaboratives

The Keystone Collaborative approach is a carefully crafted process that brings together key public, private, and civic sector thought leaders and decision-makers who can forge alliances, make decisions, and influence the trajectory of challenging issues. Keystone Collaboratives are intended to advance practical solutions to meet negotiated goals.

Public engagement and outreach

Keystone designs and executes public meetings on every scale - from small focus groups to state and regional outreach - to gather input, share information, or educate on policy decisions. The Keystone Center provides process design, facilitation, electronic poll-ing, synthesis, and dissemination of results.

Leadership and capacity building

The generation graduating from college today has only known political divisiveness and governmental gridlock. By bringing collaborative decision-making programs to students poised to enter the workforce, Keystone is helping prepare a generation of leaders and constituents with the skills necessary to work constructively with diverse groups and interests.

Keystone Policy Center also works with in a variety of institutions within government and industry to design executive-level professional development opportunities aimed at teaching collaborative decision-making approaches and effective outreach to non-governmental and advocacy communities.