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Center for Public Life Partners

Everyday Democracy - Ideas and Tools for Community Change

The Center for Public Life is an anchor partner in the Everyday Democracy network. Everyday Democracy, with more than 30 years’ experience in communities around the United States, helps people and organizations build capacity to engage communities in creating change.

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The Kettering Foundation is a nonprofit operating foundation rooted in the American tradition of cooperative research.  Kettering’s primary research question is, what does it take to make democracy work as it should?  Kettering’s research is distinctive because it is conducted from the perspective of citizens and focuses on what people can do collectively to address problems affecting their lives, their communities, and their nation.

National Issues Forums

Connected with the Kettering Foundation, the National Issues Forums Institute collects input from community members around the country to generate discussion guides which may be used to spark conversation and deliberation on issues that matter to our local community.

Deliberative Democracy Consortium

The Deliberative Democracy Consortium (DDC) is an alliance of leading organizations and scholars working in the field of public engagement, participation, and deliberation. The purpose of the DDC is to build knowledge, strengthen networks, and forge collaborations among researchers, practitioners, funders, and public officials at all levels of government, in order to improve democratic practice and democratic governance.