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About Everyday Democracy

Everyday Democracy works to strengthen democracy by making authentic engagement and public participation a permanent part of the way we work as a country. Since our founding in 1989, we have worked with hundreds of communities throughout the US, first by offering small, structured dialogues that led to positive and lasting change, and now offering an array of flexible resources and discussion guides, technical assistance and coaching, and information about our Dialogue to Change process. Our process uses solid engagement principles and leads from personal connection to sustained action. We also work with Anchor Partners, and throughout the country, to expand our impact and create a democracy movement. Everyday Democracy is a project of the Paul J. Aicher Foundation.

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Get to know the staff members and senior associates who run the organization behind-the-scenes and who work directly with community members and partners. Read more...

Everyday Democracy staff and associates

 

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Ideas, News, and Announcements

See the latest of what’s happening with Everyday Democracy, commentary on current events, and announcements on new resources and opportunities.

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Everyday Democracy offers our condolences to the family and colleagues of Dan Yankelovich, author, researcher and co-founder of Public Agenda, who died this week at 92.  The Washington Post quoted...
After conflict arose when football players took a knee during the National Anthem, 50 students and staff from Damascus High School learned the power of dialogue to find common ground and hear each...
Ed Weisheimer and Leigh Greene, co-chairs of the Greater Youngstown Community Dialogue on Racism, and are now engaged in recruiting people to take part in a Dialogue on Race. As they hosted dialogues...

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Our Projects and Partnerships

In addition to working one-on-one with communities, we also partner with other organizations on state, regional, and national initiatives. Here are some of our recent partnerships and initiatives we’ve been a part of:

 

Become a Partner

Everyday Democracy envisions a country in which neighborhoods, towns and cities routinely engage people across their community in dialogue and community change with an equity lens. Over the years, we have seen the power of coaching and training community coalitions, but there are limits to the direct assistance our staff and senior associates can provide. That is why we are starting to work with “anchor partners,” or intermediaries.

We are looking for partners whose principles are closely aligned with ours, and who wish to build and/or strengthen their own capacity to provide coaching and training on community engagement to local communities in their states, regions and issue areas. As we collaborate and work with these anchor partners, an even larger number of communities will strengthen their capacity to create, embed and sustain equity-driven community participation and problem solving.

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