For those who might now be hoping for another “upswing” in democratic reform activity, where might they look for signs of its emergence? More important yet, what might they themselves do to help it along? The good news is that there are quite a number of serious reform efforts already afoot, many of them guided and fueled by credible, indeed venerable organizations.
Policies addressing today’s most pressing issues require effective public participation, so it is necessary to build a broad-based understanding of what constitutes an effective public process and develop the capacity to improve community dialogue and catalyze public action.
The 2021 All-America City Awards gave communities an opportunity to reflect on the past year and take stock of what they had been able to achieve and overcome. Understandably, projects of this year’s ten winning communities fell primarily into two categories: pandemic response and racial equity efforts.