We believe that a network of ideologically diverse leaders can work together to solve society’s biggest problems.



Cultivate the Karass's signature program is CtK.Campfire: 3-day leadership retreats in a rural location for carefully selected leaders who will shape the public agenda for the next 20 years. 

Each Campfire unites leaders from a spectrum of political ideologies who want to reinvigorate our democracy and tackle humanity’s greatest challenges through respectful collaboration and friendship. We call the participants Loyal Antagonists and we continually support their burgeoning relationships. 

Throughout each leadership retreat, CtK:

  • Models how to engage in and conduct elevated conversations to cross-pollinate the collective political brilliance of the attendees

  • Equips and influences summit attendees to embed collaborative practices in their own spheres

  • Works with participants in a space designed to respect diverse ideological beliefs to elevate the discourse of civic life


CtK.Campfire has the following objectives:

  • Provide a safe forum that fosters the emergence of unlikely relationships that embody and nurture loyal antagonism.

  • Equip participants with the skills and approaches to work across differences; individuals expand their capacity to fully understand (not necessarily agree with) different perspectives.

  • Identify specific actions that will reduce hyperpartisanship.

  • Develop next steps and possible pathways to positively influence the political landscape for the cohort and for Cultivate the Karass as whole.

Campfire seeks to forge lasting alliances between loyal antagonists, or leaders willing to collaborate across deep ideological and political differences. We bring together a carefully selected cohort of leaders who will shape the public agenda for the next 20 years. During a 3-day retreat, we apply insights from history, management theory, and the behavioral sciences to break down biases and retire old assumptions. We subsequently cultivate relationships between improbable allies who are determined to chart new ways out of our current impasse. 

Our mission is anchored in the belief that relationships are central. Connectivity and inclusivity are at the core of our programming, as it enhances the ability of participants to search for – and identify – solutions to seemingly intractable issues.

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Cultivate the Karass:

  1. Identifies leaders with diverse backgrounds and ideological perspectives;

  2. Trains leaders to be Loyal Antagonists and have difficult conversations without demonizing those they don’t agree with;

  3. Provides tools for leaders to practice ongoing collaboration across ideological differences.

When influential leaders have the chance to form strong relationships with one another and come to see one another as resources rather than barriers to action, the conditions for collaboration emerge.  The value of loyal antagonism begins to set in. 

By embedding the capability to truly collaborate, and urging attendees to take their new found or newly honed collaboration skills back to their individual spheres of influence, a new type of collaboration becomes part of their DNA, and by turn, part of the public discourse.