"Where do you think the greatest area
of agreement is with respect to resolving this issue?"

Asking this question can help confirm where people are experiencing some success in building agreement. It also encourages people to see the 'low hanging fruit' in a consensus building process.

See Making Questions Work, Chapter 4, "Questions for Opening a Session", p 93.

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