Projects & Partnerships
Everyday Democracy works with national and regional organizations and networks. Major initiatives can entail preparing guides on important public issues, providing technical assistance for sponsors and organizers of civic engagement initiatives, offering issue-specific or general regional orientations, and/or developing training strategies and curricula for organizations that aspire to strengthen the civic engagement aspects of their work. We also partner with other organizations in order to strengthen and bridge the fields of deliberative democracy, community problem solving, racial justice, and the larger movement to strengthen democracy.
In the spring of 2010, Everyday Democracy launched Strong Starts for Children. Through this initiative we're working closely with five communities in New Mexico to help them find ways for all kinds of people to talk, work, and take action together on issues related to the success of all children from birth to eight.
Click here to see more about Strong Starts for Children.
In 2007, Everyday Democracy launched a two-year initiative called “Communities Creating Racial Equity” (CCRE). The focus of the initiative was twofold: to help communities develop their own ability to create sustained civic engagement and change on issues related to racial equity; and to learn along with them about what it takes to address racial equity.
Click here to see more background information about CCRE.
The Northwest Area Foundation made a grant to Everyday Democracy to develop a study circle discussion guide to help communities address poverty. For its part, Everyday Democracy contributed technical assistance to organizers in over two-dozen communities who conducted field tests of the materials. The result is Thriving Communities: Working together to move from poverty to prosperity for all, a five-session discussion guide that helps people look at poverty in their community and discuss what it looks like, why it exists, and what can and should be done about it.
Click here to read more about Horizons.
"Turning the Tide on Poverty" is an initiative of the Southern Rural Development Center that works in thirteen Southern states and is headquartered at Mississippi State University. The project was inspired by Horizons, a leadership development effort
sponsored by the Northwest Area Foundation to address poverty on reservations and in rural communities in
the northwestern United States. Support for the initiative comes from Everyday Democracy, the Farm
Foundation and the Kettering Foundation.Click here to read more about Turning the Tide.