Everyday Democracy's National Convening

Thanks for all who attended and took part in our National Convening!

We are excited to share all of the lessons, photos, and videos from our recent national convening in the coming weeks.

See some of the highlights on Twitter by searching the hashtag #dem4all.

People from all backgrounds, geographic areas, and sectors who are passionate about creating equitable communities came together for three days of plenary speakers, small group discussions, organizing, strategizing, and evening entertainment. Participants came from 35 states and included longtime Everyday Democracy partners as well as many leaders and organizations that are new to our process.

Martha McCoy, Everyday Democracy’s Executive Director, shared this quote by Roberto Vargas, a community activist and Chicago ceremonial leader, whose quote about a gathering he was part of reminded her of "The Moment is Now":

“The gathering included indigenous people, African Americans, Asian Americans, Latinos, and European Americans; artists, corporate consultants, community activists, entertainers, ministers, political representatives, and labor organizers; Christians, Buddhists, Jews, Muslims, pagans and persons who are simply spiritual; youth and elders; gays and straights. The only characteristic these people shared was a history of extraordinary dedication to the common good.” 

Here are highlights from the convening, and ways to stay connected:

Follow and contribute to the conversation on Twitter

See highlights from the event on Twitter and add your own responses using the hashtag #dem4all.


Inspiring portraits by John Noltner

At our convening, photography John Noltner set up a portable studio, took portraits of attendees, and combined them with their response to the question: “What is the unique opportunity or challenge of talking about race at this moment in history?” Read more about this photo project and see some of the responses.

We received 81 responses, and will post a new response daily on Facebook and Twitter.

View a video slideshow with all the portraits.


Photos from the event

Our talented photographer got many wonderful shots! Check out the photo album.

Share your pictures and stories with us! If you were part of the event, you may have taken some wonderful photos of what was happening around you. Please share a few by posting them on Facebook or Twitter and tagging Everyday Democracy, or by emailing them to our communications team at


Stay tuned for more highlights

Here are a few highlights from the convening:

We'll continue to post more highlights from the convening, including video clips of our panel discussions in the coming weeks.

You can also download the full convening program for detailed information about sessions and speakers.


A word from our participants

"The Convening was so thoughtful and intentional, the whole program and experience. I am really busy, but I am so glad I made the time to do it.  I knew I would learn a lot and it was even better than I imagined.

"I have been doing dialogue work with New Hampshire Listens, an Anchor Partner of Everyday Democracy, for about eight years. This Conference really made  me realize how we are on a voyage together and how we strengthen, complement and inform each other.  I was able to to experience and learn more about dialogue, which can be uncomfortable but necessary for progress and change. Some of the dialogue was so moving. You hear a lot of stories, on facebook and on-line, but it’s different face to face.

"…The Convening made it more clear how Everyday Democracy brings together so many necessary and important elements. I feel very supported and welcomed in the process. The work of Everyday Democracy and New Hampshire Listens reaches far beyond a conference or a community – it reaches into our homes and our hearts, we can share and educate each other.

"I was moved and inspired and I want more."

--Vilmarie Sanchez, University of New Hampshire


"The Everyday Democracy convention was one of the most diverse and engaging conferences I've attended in years. It was filled with examples and proof of how racial equity work like the kind that EvDem does is going to be indispensible for the coming years as we seek to heal the harm done by systemic injustices in our society. I can only hope that the work of Everyday Democracy and its partner organizations continues to grow and thrive - we badly need it."

--Roshan Bliss, National Coalition of Dialogue and Deliberation


    Highlights from our last convening:








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