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Designing the future of democracy.

We’re collaborating with governments, nonprofits, and others to unleash the power of citizens and solve today’s toughest challenges.

Our method of democratic decision making gives citizens the opportunity to study an issue in-depth and discuss different viewpoints and perspectives before crafting their own solutions.

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Participants receive background information from experts and local speakers.


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Participants discuss the problem with a diverse group of their peers.


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Participants recommend solutions for their community and decision makers.

We’re building powerful coalitions, creating meaningful opportunities for education and public deliberation, and empowering citizen-led action to forge a stronger democracy.
“Working with the Jefferson Center reaffirmed the value of informed patient perspectives and provided a versatile model for engaging patients and healthcare consumers.”
We’re advancing patient perspectives to create better health policy and improve health outcomes.
“If journalists are to reconnect with citizens, we need to listen to them negotiate tough issues. The Jefferson Center model does that.”
We’re strengthening community engagement by newsrooms to deliver better journalism.