Citizens to Review GMOs and Open Primary this Fall

July 16, 2014

This fall, everyday citizens will help cut through the noise on GMO labeling and open primaries.

In 2011, Oregon started a unique project to put citizen panels in charge of developing information about ballot measures to inform their fellow voters. This year, panels convened by Oregon’s official Citizens’ Initiative Review Commission will make recommendations on two of the most contentious issues on the November ballot:

Mandatory Labeling of GMOs: Requires food manufacturers, retailers to label … more »

Healthy Democracy is growing!

June 5, 2014

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Summer is upon us and Healthy Democracy is picking up speed ahead of the statewide Citizens’ Initiative Reviews.  We are very pleased to announce the addition of two new members to the team.  Please join us in extending a warm welcome to Jody Wiser and Adam Grabow.

Along with our expansion, this general … more »

CIR is an International Award Winner!

November 26, 2013

The Citizens’ Initiative Review, an Oregon-born project for evaluating ballot measures, has just won the International Association for Public Participation’s Award for North American Project of the Year… and then went on to also win the award for Project of the Year internationally.

We’re honored to see the Citizens’ Initiative Review recognized by the leading international organization for public participation. Our moderators, panelists, and supporters have done a tremendous amount of work to develop a … more »

Independent research on Citizens’ Initiative Review drives innovation

August 27, 2013

The Citizens’ Initiative Review, as one of the most innovative and exciting developments in the field of public deliberation, is generating increasing interest among academic researchers and public involvement professionals.

On August 5, nineteen scholars and practitioners from across the United States and Canada gathered at Penn State University for a four-day research confab on the Citizens’ Initiative Review.

Katie Knobloch, Associate Director of the Center for Public Deliberation at Colorado State University and a … more »


April 2, 2013

We are excited to welcome Lucy Palmersheim to the Healthy Democracy team! She comes to the organization with experience in nonprofit fundraising, public policy, and strategic communications.

As Development Director for the Oregon Bus Project, she helped the youth civic engagement organization greatly expand its operations and grow into multiple states. She has also served as a Legislative Advisor in Salem and as Policy Director for citywide campaigns in Portland.

“Lucy’s already demonstrated that she … more »