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Assuming Democracy: Adam Says Hello

After too many years working in the advertising industry as a Creative Director, one day I came to the liberating...

“The Hope and Promise of Our Democracy”: Robin Says Goodbye

It has been my great privilege to have served the Healthy Democracy organization over the past 4 ½ years alongside...

Annabelle’s Reflection on her Nevins Fellowship with Healthy Democracy

Over the summer, Healthy Democracy was grateful to welcome Annabelle LaRosa as our 2020 Nevins Fellow. The Nevins Fellowship, through...

First Virtual Oregon Citizen Assembly Shares COVID-19 Recovery Recommendations August 27

For Immediate Release August 12, 2020 Media Contact: Robin Teater, Executive Director Ph: 503-841-6865; Email: robin@healthydemocracy.org   WHAT: Oregon Citizen...

Oregon Citizens to Weigh-In on COVID Recovery: Healthy Democracy & Oregon’s Kitchen Table Convene First Virtual Citizen Assembly

For Immediate Release June 30, 2020 Media Contact: Robin Teater, Executive Director Ph: 503-381-1196; Email: robin@healthydemocracy.org   PORTLAND, Ore. –...

Practical Values for Virtual Participation

Everyone is talking about online engagement these days. Yes, those are eight different links to eight different articles, all from one quick dive into social media this morning....

On the Other Side of the Crisis . . . Thoughts from John Frohnmayer on Life After the Corona Virus

Healthy Democracy’s good friend and former Board member, John Frohnmayer, shares his thoughts on what we are learning from the...

Democracy as Community: Pandemic Edition

I wanted to take a moment this month, in this extraordinary time in our country, to do a simple check...

Observations on France’s Citizens’ Convention on Climate: Unrivaled Influence & Unresolved Questions

In early-March 2020, HD's Linn Davis observed France's national Citizens' Convention on Climate. He reports on the potential influence of the Convention, and suggests questions for deliberative practitioners to consider.

Catching the UK’s “Deliberative Wave”

It’s a pretty cold time of year to surf real waves in the North Atlantic, so it’s a good thing...

Citizens’ Initiative Review Needs Legislative Funding

The Oregon legislature just started their short session on February 1. Senator Arnie Roblan, who sponsored the bill that put...

Politicians & Public Participation — Tackling a Quintessential Design Problem

For a few weeks in September, we had the pleasure of hosting a visiting undergraduate student, Jillian Gilburne, who is...

A Reflection on Month Two in the U.S.

Farres Alkhaiyer joined Healthy Democracy in August as a fellow with the 2019-2020 Community Solutions Program, a prestigious fellowship program run...

Learning. Livability. Leaning in.

On September 21 at Concordia University, Healthy Democracy hosted the 3rd, and final, component of the 2019 Community Oregon program,...

Civic Saturday reflections . . . It’s magic y’all

On Saturday, September 14, at the C Bar C Ranch in Powell Butte, Oregon, Citizen University, Healthy Democracy, Oregon Humanities,...

Welcome to Farres Alkhaiyer . . . Dreams away from screams

Monday, August 12 marked Farres Alkhaiyer’s first day with Healthy Democracy. Farres joins Healthy Democracy as a fellow in the 2019-2020...

Citizens Jury is coming to Milwaukie, Oregon

Citizens Jury is coming to Milwaukie, Oregon

Five thousand randomly selected Milwaukie households were mailed a letter this week, giving individuals in those households a chance to...

Eight Suggestions for Democracy – John Frohnmayer’s Keynote Speech

John Frohnmayer was the keynote speaker at the Healthy Democracy 10th Anniversary Celebration on April 8, 2019. Enjoy his words...

The 2018 Portland Metro Area CIR is Starting Today! (And Running Aug. 23-26)

The 2018 Portland Metro Area CIR is Starting Today! (And Running Aug. 23-26)

The Portland metro area is hosting its first-ever Citizens’ Initiative Review (CIR), facilitated by Healthy Democracy, a nonpartisan, nonprofit based...

2018 Portland-Area CIR Details

The Portland metro area is hosting its first-ever Citizens’ Initiative Review (CIR), facilitated by Healthy Democracy, a nonpartisan, nonprofit based...

2018 Portland-Area CIR Announcement

Got This Letter in Your Mail? You’ve won the democracy lottery! If you received the letter, you have a chance...

This is What Democracy Looks Like:  Notes from Conversations in a Crook County Barn

This is What Democracy Looks Like: Notes from Conversations in a Crook County Barn

Into the Central Oregon barn walked students with purple hair, red Chuck Taylor high tops, and silver nose rings. They were gay and straight, male and female; each of them young, and all of them environmental studies majors from Lewis and Clark College in Portland. Greeting them were farmers in Oregon State baseball caps and ranchers with silver hair beneath cowboy hats, and small timber operators with the scars to prove it. Some were young, but most were less young, and all had lived their lives and were making their living on the soil of the small Crook County community of Powell Butte.

2017: A Year in Review

Executive Director Robin Teater reviews our accomplishments in 2017 and looks ahead to the new year.

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A Case for Citizens’ Initiative Reviews of Criminal Justice Ballot Measures

HD's summer 2017 Nevins Fellow, Andy Puthenpurayil, argues that one often-distorted category of ballot measures – those dealing with 'three strikes' laws and other criminal justice matters – could particularly benefit from the clarity of a CIR-style review.

Linn, Robin, Jake (on a cake), Jessie, and Amanda

The Human Heart is the First Home of Democracy*: A Farewell for Now

Program Director Jessie Conover writes a few goodbyes on her leaving Healthy Democracy and the world of deliberative democracy.

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