"We're in a time when government and citizens need to engage each other in new ways to produce solutions to the issues we face," said one participant, Cheryl Graeve. READ MORE
We should all have a voice in the decisions that affect us. We can also do our part to help solve public problems. Unfortunately, the traditional “3-minutes at the microphone” type of public meeting does not tap into a community’s potential to help make decisions and solve problems. In fact, research suggests that these kinds of conventional engagement are eroding our trust in government.
Public Agenda is working hard to change this dynamic by helping cities, states and countries integrate the principles, practices and tools of sound public engagement. Meaningful engagement can produce smarter policies, increase public trust, encourage volunteerism and build stronger networks in communities.
Public Agenda's Yankelovich Center takes our public engagement work a step further, developing and spreading innovations that make productive engagement – and democracy – more inclusive, scalable and sustainable.