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To Speak the Truth: Reflections on the First Democracy Salon

Wendy Willis reviews our first Democracy Salon on the topic of trust and journalism. The discussion, she writes, surfaced a number of important questions: "What is the appropriate balance between trust and skepticism?" "How do we foster belonging in a mass society?" and, more succinctly, "What the hell is going on?"

A Healthy News Diet, Part 3: The Inspiration, Cass Sunstein’s #Republic

Jessie Conover reviews #Republic, the inspiration for our series on cultivating a healthy and balanced news diet.

A Healthy News Diet, Part 2: Squaring up your own news diet

Jessie Conover shares her own journey to a more healthy and balanced news diet, through a series of simple steps.

A Healthy News Diet, Part 1: An imperfect theory

Jessie Conover discusses the need for a healthy and balanced news diet to support a healthy democracy, including a taxonomy of news "food groups."

Nonpartisan Hygiene: 6 Tips to Stay Squeaky Clean

Program Director Jessie Conover offers tips for nonpartisan organizations in a time of "existential threats to our democracy".

Democracy and the Art of Conversation, Part 2

Linn Davis completes his post on sociologist Sherry Turkle's case for conversation with a review of HD's best ideas for strengthening our skills for political dialogue.

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.

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