An Appeal to Democratic Reformers: Welcome Uncomfortable Speech, Political Pluralism, and Real Disagreement

In a talk at the Frontiers of Democracy conference in Boston, Ashley Trim calls for greater political inclusiveness within universities and the deliberative democracy community.

Actually, More Public Participation Can Save American Democracy

Jessie Conover responds to recent articles calling for less public participation in our democracy.

Jane Jacobs and Urban Planning’s Lesson for Democracy

Linn Davis makes the case for urban thinker Jane Jacobs as a grandmother of modern public engagement.

Conference Recap: Elevate Engagement 2017

Robin Teater and Linn Davis recap the 2017 Elevate Engagement conference.

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.

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