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Four Communities Across the Country That Have Embedded Dialogue to Change

For more than 25 years, Everyday Democracy has worked with communities across the country to foster a healthy and vibrant democracy – one that is characterized by strong relationships across divides, racial equity, and widespread leadership and voice.  Here are snapshots of just four of the hundreds of communities that have been positively transformed through their Dialogue to Change efforts.

2018 Aicher Award Winners

For more than 25 years, Everyday Democracy has worked with communities across the country to foster a healthy and vibrant democracy – characterized by strong relationships across divides, leadership development, including the voices of all people, and understanding and addressing structural racism. In 2017, the organization launched the Paul and Joyce Aicher Award Competition for Leaders in Democracy to raise the visibility of people and organizations who are supporting this work and Generation Justice of Albuquerque, New Mexico was the first recipient of the award.  Awardees receive $10,000 to further their mission.

In 2018, this distinguished award,  went to Beth Broadway, President/CEO of InterFaith Works of Central New York. Beth’s winning nomination was selected from 67 nominations of both individuals and organizations, in this second annual national contest.  New this year, was a "Runner Up" category which went to Mayme Webb-Bledsoe of Duke / Durham, North Carolina, who received $2,500.

Learn more about Beth and Mayme's work, as well as the accomplishments of the award finalists, honorable mentions and promising practices.
 

Racial Equity and the Power of Voice at the Core of the Inaugural Institute for Community Change Leaders

People from all backgrounds and geographic areas, nonprofits, government agencies, community based organizations and educational institutions – came together for a week to explore what it means to be a leader in the 21st Century. Everyday Democracy’s first Institute for Community Change Leaders was held in December 2018, in Southbury, Connecticut.  Forty-seven community leaders were selected from 15 states through a competitive application process.

Syracuse New York's Beth Broadway wins 2018 Paul Aicher Leadership in Democracy Award

Beth Broadway, President/CEO of InterFaith Works of Central New York, was selected as the winner of the 2018 Paul and Joyce Aicher Leadership in Democracy Award. Beth’s winning nomination was selected from 67 nominations of both individuals and organizations, in this second annual national contest, and as a result, $10,000 for her agency and an award statue was presented to Beth at a ceremony in Hartford, CT on December 6.

Evaluating Community Engagement

Check out our newly released mini-guide that offers tips for evaluating community engagement. It is not meant to be fully prescriptive on evaluation but it is a practical, hands-on tool to help you determine if you are ready to evaluate your community engagement work, and if yes, it offers considerations for implementing an evaluation.

Civic Change Champion Announced - Families United for Education

With over 400 community members and 44 community-based, non-profit organizations participating, Families United for Education is a leader in the nation when it comes to engaging families toward improving school outcomes. As one of four finalists for Everyday Democracy’s distinguished Paul J. Aicher Leadership in Democracy Award, and now announced as a Civic Change Champion, Families United for Education is a national model for diverse communities working to achieve educational equity. 

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Dialogue to Change

Our ultimate goal is to create positive community change that includes everyone, and we believe that our tools, advice, and resources will help foster that kind of change. Whether you’re grappling with a divisive community issue, or simply want to include residents’ voices in city government, Everyday Democracy's Dialogue to Change process, using a racial equity lens, can help.