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In the US, for the first time ever, the majority lack faith in the democratic system. That decline has been rapid and recent. Before the financial crisis, more than three-quarters of Americans were satisfied with US democracy; today (Jan 2020) 55% are dissatisfied.[1]

Networks[edit | edit source]

  • Symbiosis "assembling a movement for real democracy in every community"

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  • Strong Towns "supports thousands of people across the United States and Canada who are advocating for a radically new way of thinking about the way we build our world. Strong Towns is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. Our work is performed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License. Please share with others to use for good." added 16:00, 30 November 2020 (UTC)
  • Resource Guide on Public Engagement, National Coalition for Dialogue & Deliberation, October 11, 2010.
  • Dialogue and Deliberation, The Change Handbook date not found, but listed on publication as 2007,[2] added 17:17, 17 February 2020 (UTC)
  • Planning for Stronger Local Democracy: A Field Guide for Local Officials, National League of Cities
  • Debategraph map Interactive map of the White House's Open Government brainstorming proposals

News and comment[edit | edit source]


  • News Cities need to be redesigned for the climate crisis. Can they make us happy, too?, (Mar 28, 2022)


"When democracy is conducted at a human scale, it helps create what looks like superhuman wisdom." How the state of Vermont does it, Mar 9[3]


The Local Leader's Tookit: A Strong Towns response to the pandemic (and an America of community power you'll want to hear), Nov 27[4]


Towards sustainable economies US: Grassroots democracies form North American coalition.[5] Oct 23

How the simple act of sharing a meal is creating community change.[6] Mar 22

How Citizen University is building an army of civic leaders.[7] Mar 18


12 Empowering Ways to Engage in Civic Affairs, Apr 12[8]

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How One Person's Small, Brave Compost Pile Changed New York City, Apr 8[9]

Oak Cliff Inspiration, Mar 27, Texas

Participatory Budgeting Gaining Momentum in the U.S., Mar 20[10]


6 Lessons for the U.S. from Spain's Democratic Revolution, June 15[11]

Good politics outside the Beltway? March 17[12]


Transition US in partnership with U.S. Department of Arts and Culture* presents: THE PEOPLE'S STATE OF THE UNION, December 11[13]

Real Money, Real Power: A Report on Participatory Budgeting, May 8[14]


Fund traditional community development… or empower citizens to step up? July 15[15]

Transparency and Open Government, May 21[16]

See also[edit | edit source]

External links

  • The Participatory Budgeting Project
  • OpenPlans, non-profit technology organization which focused on civic engagement and open government, closing around 2014/15. It used journalism and open source software to turn data into accessible, useful information, engaging the average person in shaping their community. W OpenPlans Blog
  •, a place where the public and government can solve problems together


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Created July 19, 2015 by Phil Green
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