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This article focuses on information specific to the United States. Please see our Community involvement page for a topic overview.



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]

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Networks[edit | edit source]

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

Other resources[edit | edit source]

  • 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

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News and comment[edit | edit source]

2021

“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]

2020

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]

2019

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

2017

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 [10] ...Texas

Participatory Budgeting Gaining Momentum in the U.S., Mar 20 [11]

2015

6 Lessons for the U.S. from Spain's Democratic Revolution, June 15 [12]

Good politics outside the Beltway? March 17 [13]

2014

Transition US in partnership with U.S. Department of Arts and Culture* presents: THE PEOPLE’S STATE OF THE UNION, December 11 [14]

Real Money, Real Power: A Report on Participatory Budgeting, May 8 [15]

2009

Fund traditional community development… or empower citizens to step up? July 15 [16]

Transparency and Open Government, May 21 [17]

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External links[edit | edit source]

  • 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
  • Challenge.gov, a place where the public and government can solve problems together


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