Healthy Democracy is a US-based nonpartisan nonprofit that designs and coordinates

innovative deliberative democracy programs.

We Believe

in elevating the voices of everyday people

bringing new faces to the public decision making, and

designing a more collaborative democracy together

We Believe

in elevating the voices
of everyday people,

bringing new faces to the
public decision making, and

designing a more collaborative
democracy together

We aim to build faith in democratic governance by showing how, across all our difference, we can work productively and fairly together. We design our programs with these underlying values.

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Inclusivity

Empowerment

Representation

Collaboration

Integrity

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Inclusivity

Empowerment

Representation

Collaboration

Integrity

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The Challenge

The Opportunity

60% of Americans say they are pessimistic that Americans who hold different political views can come together to solve the country’s problems. (PRRI)
56% of Americans say they are optimistic that people in their communities who hold different political views can still come together and solve the country’s problems. (PRRI)
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The Challenge

The Opportunity

60% of Democrats and 65% of Republicans feel doubt in the country's ability to bridge its political differences. (PEW)
“[Lottery Selected Panels] build community, bridge differences, and are an example of how we can reach out to each other and despite differences, create hope, stimulate thought, and discover our commonalities.”- Tim, HD Panelist
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The Challenge

The Opportunity

45% of Americans report not being civically or politically engaged at all in the last year. (PEW)
Our processes bring new voices to the table. In a recent local government level project, nearly 90% of panelists reported having never volunteered with the city before.
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The Challenge

60% of Americans say they are pessimistic that Americans who hold different political views can come together to solve the country’s problems. (PRRI)

The Opportunity

56% of Americans say they are optimistic that people in their communities who hold different political views can still come together and solve the country’s problems. (PRRI)
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The Challenge

60% of Democrats and 65% of Republicans feel doubt in the country's ability to bridge its political differences. (PEW)

The Opportunity

“[Lottery Selected Panels] build community, bridge differences, and are an example of how we can reach out to each other and despite differences, create hope, stimulate thought, and discover our commonalities.”- Tim, HD Panelist
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The Challenge

45% of Americans report not being civically or politically engaged at all in the last year. (PEW)

The Opportunity

Our processes bring new voices to the table. In a recent local government level project, nearly 90% of panelists reported having never volunteered with the city before.
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Around the world, governments are employing Lottery-Selected Panels – often called Citizens’ Juries or Citizens’ Assemblies – to put people at the center of governance. Healthy Democracy has designed and convened panels in five U.S. states and three countries since 2008. We are best known for Oregon’s Citizens’ Initiative Review (CIR), which is one of the most researched deliberative processes in the world and was one of the first modern lottery-selected panels.

Lottery Selected Panels

A New Kind of Democracy

Lottery-Selected Panels are innovative democratic systems that help governments tackle difficult policy questions. Panelists are everyday people capable of extraordinary collaboration and sophisticated decision making.

Initiative Convention System

Reimagining Direct Democracy

For most of us, initiatives represent our only opportunity to be part of direct policy creation. In our Initiative Convention System, lottery-selected deliberative assemblies – as diverse as our states – write initiatives.

Lottery Assemblies in Local Government

Bringing the Magic of Deliberation to Community Policy-Making

Our most recent example: From November 2020 to April 2021, 29 everyday residents – selected through a democratic lottery – advised the City of Eugene, Oregon, on questions related to housing code changes.

Citizens’ Initiative Review

Voter Info. By Voters, For Voters.

We bring a representative random sample of voters together to study ballot measures.These everyday citizens hear testimony from both sides and from independent experts. And then draft high-quality information for their fellow voters.