Consensus Councils bring together the full diversity of stakeholders around a contentious issue to agree on recommendations to policy-makers. Early in the 00s, these existed only in Montana and North Dakota, but a number of other states have them now, and a United States Consensus Council has formed.
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This article is about the Montana Consensus Council being shut down in 2008, but also mentions that "10-12 states have similar groups to resolve conflicts."
There's a non-profit in North Dakota, The Consensus Council.
The 1.0 summary linked to http://www.sfcg.org/locdetail.cfm?locus=America&name=programs&programid=356