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Deliberative + Direct = Better Democracy?

February 7, 2017 Comments Off on Deliberative + Direct = Better Democracy?

Could a combination of direct and deliberative democracy better meet the (rightful) demand of the people to have a greater say in the decisions that affect them? Following the Brexit … Read more

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Setting Equity Goals For Digital Tools In New York City

January 31, 2017 Comments Off on Setting Equity Goals For Digital Tools In New York City

There is a spirit of innovation inherent to PB. New York City is home to some of the longest-running participatory budgeting (PB) sites. It’s expanded to 31 council districts in … Read more

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Understanding Immigration

January 26, 2017 Comments Off on Understanding Immigration

Whether you view yesterday’s executive orders as positive or negative, the fact remains that immigration is complicated. In a series of executive orders, President Donald Trump yesterday initiated sweeping changes to … Read more

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What Online Ballots Did For Inclusion In Participatory Budgeting: San Francisco

January 24, 2017 Comments Off on What Online Ballots Did For Inclusion In Participatory Budgeting: San Francisco

In District 7, online voting is indispensable for achieving PB goals. Nearly every voter in San Francisco’s District 7 participatory budgeting (PB) process cast their vote online last year. In … Read more

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Finding Common Ground Across The “Two Americas”

January 19, 2017 Comments Off on Finding Common Ground Across The “Two Americas”

Part of our monthly “Progress Report” newsletter. To receive the latest email updates from Public Agenda, click here. Post-election, we’ve heard a lot about the economic woes and anxieties of rural Americans, … Read more

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Six Lessons For The New Administration About Higher Education

January 19, 2017 Comments Off on Six Lessons For The New Administration About Higher Education

Awareness about issues facing our higher education system is high, sparking an active public dialogue about the role and responsibility of higher ed in society. The new Secretary of Education … Read more

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Turnout And Diversity In Participatory Budgeting: Long Beach, California

January 17, 2017 Comments Off on Turnout And Diversity In Participatory Budgeting: Long Beach, California

“Our focus on diversity in participation throughout the process is helping to build community in District 9.” Attracting large numbers of people to vote is important to all participatory budgeting … Read more

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Bringing Community College Faculty To The Table

January 12, 2017 Comments Off on Bringing Community College Faculty To The Table

The public engagement field offers some ideas that colleges may draw upon as they seek to bring faculty, and even the broader community, into decision making. Community college faculty have … Read more

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A Broad Engagement Strategy In A Small Town: Dieppe, New Brunswick

January 10, 2017 Comments Off on A Broad Engagement Strategy In A Small Town: Dieppe, New Brunswick

“We saw the implementation of a PB process as a real, direct way to pilot these commitments to public engagement.” Last year, the number of communities in the U.S. and … Read more

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Tools To Make Sense Of Health Care Reform

January 5, 2017 Comments Off on Tools To Make Sense Of Health Care Reform

Below, we share resources to help make sense of our choices as we prepare for an upheaval in health care. As members of Congress begin the process for Obamacare appeal, … Read more

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