The Council of Experts (COE) convenes at critical junctures to provide OneVoice with strategic guidance. In 2004, the COE gathered to define and develop a set of 10 questions relating to issues at the heart of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, building upon existing agreements and proposals (e.g. the Roadmap, Camp David II, Taba, Oslo, etc.). The questions were then shared with hundreds of thousands of Palestinians and Israelis, providing them with an opportunity to participate in a Citizen Negotiations process. Participants voted on the questions using a weighted voting mechanism that included an iterative negotiation process moderated by the COE. The goal of this specific process was two-fold: 1) to highlight areas of consensus and discord between Palestinians and Israelis, and 2) to teach citizens the art and value of compromise while helping to transfer ownership of the resolution process to them.
The Council of Experts is comprised of leading scholars, policy specialists, and thought leaders in matters of Middle Eastern studies, geopolitics, international security, evaluation and measurement analysis, international economics, and arbitration. The Council is also responsible for ensuring the scientific validity and fairness of the OneVoice methodology.