Move from
Divisions to

We advance innovations that bridge divides and move communities forward on polarizing, stuck issues so decision-makers and everyday leaders can take wise action.

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Our mission is to give Americans a seat at the table to find common ground and catalyze solutions to their biggest challenges. 

Representatives from the Michigan Citizens' Panel on COVID, selected by civic lottery, that developed policies to move the state forward.

Democracy Together is a non-partisan non-profit that supports cities, counties, regions, and states in applying participatory, deliberative, and digital democracy methods to meet the challenges that matter most in their backyards.

These community-centered approaches go beyond typical politics to consider all involved, bridge divides, and create shared agendas for broad benefit.

We believe that by elevating the wisdom of everyday citizens and bringing new voices to public decision-making, we can move forward together.
Scaling Deliberative Democracy Projects Across the US
Public Advocacy, Education,
& Storytelling
Practitioner Field Building

Citizens' Assemblies can Create Breakthroughs on the Trickiest Issues

When everyday citizens are given good conditions for dialogue, time to make sense of an issue and weigh all options, they find paths forward that transform what's politically possible.

See it in Action: The Power of Community-led Democracy

Participatory approaches are increasingly called for as an antidote to the challenges facing democracy at all levels

Proven Methods drawing on Indigenous and Ancient Roots

From the governance methods of the original Americans to those of Greek democracy, there is a deep history of dialogue and deliberation resolving complex issues.

Foster Equal &
Equitable Voice
Activate Civic
Deepen Community
Across Differences
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Our Current Initiatives

Petaluma Fairgrounds
Advisory Panel
Fund for Scaling the
Deliberative Ecosystem
Public Speaking

Learn About Leading Democratic Innovations that can 'Unstuck' Even
the Most Polarizing Challenges

We host events, webinars, and trainings for public agency, government, and foundation leaders seeking to create more effective change on their most intractable issues.

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We are a fiscally sponsored program of Commonweal, a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization.