In 1984, three lifelong professors found each other while teaching at an all seminar program at St. John’s College in Annapolis, Maryland. These tutors, Geoffrey Comber, Nick Maistrellis, and Howard Zeiderman, joined forces to better understand the benefits and barriers encountered in discussion-based learning.
Their inquiries led to the formation of the Touchstones Discussion Project, an independent nonprofit dedicated to building a world where all people develop collaborative discussion skills that foster understanding. leadership, and community.
Today, our programs reflect nearly 40 years of research and feedback from thousands of implementation sites. Our work is foundational for building the inclusive, community-centered world we envision.