Still Doing Democracy!
Finding Common Ground and Acting for the Common Good
A new book and training program for Engaged Citizens!
Still Doing Democracy! Finding Common Ground and Acting for the Common Good – a book, interactive website, and training program – responds to our current political, social, and cultural polarization and the lack of participation in community and civic life. Democracy is not won and done; it requires consistent and persistent doing. If we are to reaffirm democratic values and preserve the progress made to protect and expand human rights, create safe and healthy communities, and preserve the natural world ordinary people must become re-engaged in the everyday work of doing democracy.
JoAnn McAllister and Jim Smith bring a wealth of experience and specific knowledge to the task of being an effective and engaged citizen. They propose a framework for working in the current divided and polarized social and political environment with practical tools for understanding the beliefs that divide us, listening to and appreciating the experience of others, analyzing political and cultural paradigms, and finding the common ground that can support collective action for the common good.
A podcast, a blog, and interactive learning modules will be launched soon. Watch for practical tools on analyzing issues and underlying belief systems, intentional listening, identifying shared values, strategies to finding common purpose, and templates for evaluating your group or organization’s stages and activities.
A Still Doing Democracy! Workbook will be released soon with the book scheduled for later this summer.
Still Doing Democracy! Finding Common Ground and Acting for the Common Good is a sponsored project of the non-profit Human Sciences Institute. You can support our work with a tax-deductible contribution at: https://humanscienceinstitute.org.