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Community Profiles

Everyday Democracy’s coaching, materials, and Dialogue to Change process have helped hundreds of communities bring people together across divides, and to organize for community and larger positive systems change. Here are some examples of communities that have used our process.

These stories profile communities that have worked to address some of our most popular issues.

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...
Dialogue-to-change programs help people build the trusting relationships between community and the police necessary for long-term change. Read about three communities that have built a strong...
Everyone wants to live in a place where they have the chance to thrive. Read about three communities that are working to address poverty and build a thriving community.
If we're going to make progress in our communities and in our country, people from all backgrounds and views must work together to address racism and inequities. Check out three communities that are...
Community members and schools need to work together to make education in their community all that it can be. Check out profiles of three communities tackling various issues related to education...
Tensions between community members and police were high following the death of Timothy Thomas, a 19-year-old shot by a Cincinnati police officer. Several efforts worked to change law enforcement...
After two high-profile police shootings, the South Bronx community works to increase Latino and African-American presence on the police force and improve relations with the police department.
Erie, Pa., has been hit hard by the loss of manufacturing jobs, leaving 17% of individuals and 11% of families living in poverty. The dialogue-to-change process has made space for residents to voice...
There are big changes happening in the rural town of Hoffman, Minn. Just five years ago, Main Street storefronts stood empty and the population was in a steady decline. Now, local residents are...
Over one-fifth of residents in Neshoba County, Miss., live in poverty, and they are working together to turn those numbers around.  Residents were inspired to take action after over 100 people...

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Mayme Webb Bledsoe of the Duke Durham Neighborhood Partnership Uses Dialogue to Lift Voices in the Duke / Durham Community 

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.