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Recent Blog Posts

Democracy and the Art of Conversation, Part 1

Linn Davis explores sociologist Sherry Turkle's case for more face-to-face human interaction, in the context of modern US politics.

Healthy Democracy receives inaugural Bridge Alliance Collective Impact Award!

Healthy Democracy, along with Public Agenda and the Davenport Institute at Pepperdine University's School of Public Policy, is a recipient of the Bridge Alliance 2017 Collective Impact grant program! Read about how this funding will elevate the voices of citizens in California and around the country.

Guest Blog: Innovative Process Helps Voters Make Better Decisions

Chip Taylor of Colorado describes why county commissions might find the Citizens Initiative Review intriguing, based on his observations of a Citizens Initiative Review in California.

Reflections on the First Ever Citizens Initiative Review – and a Six-Year Bipartisan Friendship

Ann Bakkensen and Marion Sharp, two participants in Healthy Democracy’s first CIR in Oregon in 2010, discuss experiencing deliberative democracy in action — and the unlikely friendship that resulted.

What Does a Healthy Democracy Look Like?

HD in the Press

People2Power: Making Direct Democracy Truly Democratic

Ashley Trim of the Davenport Institute at Pepperdine University writes about the challenges of the California initiative system and the unique democratic power of the Citizens Initiative Review. Via People2Power.

“Citizens’ Initiative Review” Demonstrates Potential for Public Engagement in Initiative Process

Davenport Institute for Public Engagement and Civic Leadership PRESS RELEASE What: For the first time in state history, the Citizens’ Initiative Review Demonstration will bring together eligible California voters for a deliberative process to demonstrate how citizen participation can make the California Initiative more transparent, more understandable, and more independent of campaign spending. When: March
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School of Public Policy Gets Ready for Healthy Democracy

The Pepperdine School of Public Policy is continuing its work from last semester on a project to make the California Initiative process more transparent for its students. Headed by Dean Pete Peterson of the Davenport Institute, the School of Public Policy intends to bring Healthy Democracy, an organization based in Oregon, to campus for a
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