Creating Spaces for Change

Commissioned by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation and written by Matt Leighninger of the Deliberative Democracy Consortium, this paper reviews that conversation and extends an invitation to both deliberative democracy and dialogue practitioners and to community organizers to continue it. In doing so, it invites civic engagement practitioners from diverse schools of thought to raise and tackle tough, important questions; to deepen their mutual understanding of other practices and approaches, and of the values underlying and unifying their work; and to propose ideas for working together more effectively, and with greater impact.

Toward Competent Communities: Best Practices for Producing Community-Wide Study Circles

Published in 2000, this two-year “best practices” study by Roberts & Kay, Inc., assesses organizing strategies and outcomes in community-wide study circle programs. The study places special emphasis on programs that address issues of racism and race relations. Funds for the project were provided through a grant from the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation.


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Dialogue to Change

Our ultimate goal is to create positive community change that includes everyone, and our tools, advice, and resources 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.