Bridge Building as a Basic Operating Principle

April 17, 2023

The capacity to build bridges is central to building and maintaining a truly inclusive, dynamic, and civil society. The Listen First Project is party of an effort to use collective impact as a strategy to energize organizations across the country.

Are Democratic Police Departments Possible?

April 17, 2023

By spending time with police officers and describing what motivated them to join the force and to continue to improve their skills, the author humanizes and complicates a profession that is easy to stereotype. He provides an insider’s view of events in which officers used physical force to restrain people before they could harm themselves, family, or friends.

Democracy Innovations on Capitol Hill: Report from the first annual international Legislators’ Forum on Innovations in Democracy

April 16, 2023

At a meeting of lawmakers from around the world, participants shared findings and stories from their work to engage community members in more productive, civil, and meaningful ways.

An Interview with Sharon Davies, President and CEO of the Kettering Foundation

April 16, 2023

A former educator, college administrator, and assistant federal attorney, Sharon Davies draws on her past professional experiences at a critical moment for democracies around the globe in her new leadership position at the Kettering Foundation, a research organization that lifts up the collective power of citizens in a democracy to address issues of common concern and to shape their communities.

Climate Change as a Civic Challenge: Collaborative Models for American Policy and Practice

April 15, 2023

Civic engagement for sustainable, resilient, and just communities is a major component of American climate policy and can be aligned with many other climate tools in the coming decades. We cannot manage our persistent crisis of democracy unless we also engage everyday citizens, communities, and stakeholders in the ongoing work of climate resilience.

Aging and Equity: An Interview with Dorothy Rupert

December 30, 2022

An educator, legislator and activist reflects on her “lived experience” as a woman in public service for 70 years.

Starting a Conversation on Racism, one Book Club at a Time

December 30, 2022

How a men’s book club near Seattle, Washington, became an informal safe space for people to talk about race.

Informal, Familiar Spaces: A Place for the Work of Equity and Inclusion

December 30, 2022

The case for the ability of informal and familiar spaces to facilitate work that is essential to the long-term success of equity and inclusion efforts.

From Pride in Self to Pride in Service: The Power of Professional Associations to Transform Communities

December 30, 2022

Starting small, a group has built a nonprofit professional association for LGBTQ+ local government leaders at all stages of their careers.

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