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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,...

First-of-Its-Kind Citizen Panel Will be Selected to Study Milwaukie City Council Member Compensation (New Dates)

UPDATE: The Milwaukie Citizens Jury Selection Event – Sept. 11, 6PM, at Milwaukie City Hall – will be live streamed...

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...

New Dates Announced: Milwaukie Citizens Jury on City Council Compensation

The Milwaukie Citizens Jury on City Council Compensation will now take place Sat, Nov. 9 to Tues., Nov. 12, 2019....

Milwaukie Citizens Jury Postponed to Fall 2019

Due to a low response rate, Healthy Democracy and the City of Milwaukie have postponed the forthcoming Milwaukie Citizens Jury...

First-of-Its-Kind Citizen Panel Will be Selected to Study Milwaukie City Council Member Compensation

UPDATE: Due to a lower-than-typical response rate, we did not received sufficient replies to form a citizen panel fully reflective...

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...

Citizen Panel to be Selected to Review Metro Region Affordable Housing Bond Measure

PORTLAND, Ore. — Healthy Democracy, a nonprofit nonpartisan organization that pioneered the Citizens’ Initiative Review, will be holding a public event to...

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.

Madison Students Investigate School Safety Through Deliberative Democracy

From May 21st to 25th, 10th-grade students at La Follette High School in Madison will have the opportunity to dive deeper into a hotly debated current issue: whether the Madison School Board should renew its contract for educational resource officers (EROs) at district high schools.

Participatory budgeting in action

Bringing Participatory Budgeting to the Portland Region

Join us 9am-3:30pm, April 14th, 2018 for "Bringing Participatory Budgeting to the Portland Region", a one-day community forum to learn from PB innovators with experience in Seattle, Oakland, and Boston and discuss the possibilities for our communities.

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.

To Have Without Holding: A Farewell Message

Robin Teater writes a goodbye to our beloved program director, Jessie Conover.

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.

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