Public Agenda
Discussion Starters

Based on decades of research and experience concerning how average citizens think and talk about issues, Public Agenda's Choicework Discussion Starters are designed to help people think and talk productively about public problems.

Each of our discussion starters, available here for free download, outlines several approaches to solving specific public policy problems, along with the pros, cons and trade-offs of each choice. We use everyday language, not professional jargon, and focus on the kinds of concerns and values that non-experts can readily understand. Many of our discussion starters have corresponding videos available here and on YouTube; some of our written discussion guides are also available in Spanish. Ready to join the conversation and get more involved in the issues we face within our communities and across our nation??