Citizens Initiative Review

Citizens’ Initiative Review: Helping Citizens Make Better Informed Voting Choices

From medium.com/participo: Linn Davis is a program manager at Healthy Democracy, a US-based nonpartisan non-profit that designs and coordinates deliberative democracy...

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....

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...

Exploring Oregon-Style Democracy

In this episode, Jefferson Smith talks with Linn Davis, Healthy Democracy Program Manager. Linn oversees the Citizens Initiative Review, in...

From ancient Athens to the town hall: Can a new wave of deliberative democracy save the world?

From Salon: . . . What’s a good regional example? At the regional/state level, it is worth highlighting the impact...

Swiss town tests citizen panel to help voters analyse information

From swissinfo.ch: The municipality of Sion in southwestern Switzerland is planning a participative democracy experiment, first tried out in the US...

New report: Doing Democracy Better

From The Constitution Unit at University College London: The report, Doing Democracy Better: How Can Information and Discourse in Election and...

A deliberate fix for democracy

From Knowable Magazine: As hard as it may be to believe — especially in times of government shutdowns and partisan paralysis...

Citizens’ Juries – providing a neutral recommendation on voting issues

From swissinfo.ch: In Switzerland, issues up for vote are typically complex and the interests of different parties are often difficult...

Lawmakers Consider Including ‘Citizens’ Statements’ In The State’s Voter Guide

From WGBH News:  Across the state, in mailboxes, libraries and lobbies, there are stacks of Massachusetts voter guides. The red booklet...

Massachusetts: State lawmakers working to make ballot questions more clear to voters

From WWLP 22 News: BOSTON (WWLP) – State lawmakers are working to make voting easier on election day. Ballot questions...

Can Citizen Governance Save Our Republic?

From Governing magazine: . . . Other states have taken their own steps to amplify citizen voices and drown out special...