Everyday Americans driving politics and policy.

The informed participation of America’s diverse citizenry is critical to achieving equitable, broadly supported solutions to challenging public issues. Too often, however, Americans are disconnected from opportunities for meaningful engagement with the issues affecting their lives. We work with partners to implement high quality civic engagement and public deliberation strategies that uncover the individual and collective power to drive politics and initiate public action.

Find out how.

We envision a democracy where individuals interact genuinely with public institutions, elected officials, community organizations, and with one another to address common challenges. Our current work advances civic engagement and public deliberation on a range of issues including environment and climate, student civic leadership, patient safety in healthcare, and diversity and inclusion in public institutions.

+ Rural Climate Dialogues

Rural Climate Dialogues

Our ongoing collaboration with the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy engages community members and community organizations to identify local solutions to climate change and extreme weather in towns across Minnesota.

+ Student Civic Leadership


We are working with MCTC students as they develop civic leadership skills through public deliberation and civic engagement.

+ Patient Participation in Reducing Diagnostic Error

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This joint effort with the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs and the Society to Improve Diagnosis in Medicine will utilize patient participation to develop patient-focused strategies for reducing diagnostic error – one of the most challenging and costly patient safety issues in US healthcare today.

+ Minnesota Historical Society - Inclusion & Community Engagement


We’re working alongside MNHS staff and the History Museum Diversity Fellows as they develop the strategic framework for the creation of the nation’s first Department of Inclusion and Community Engagement at MNHS.

Read about our other projects.

We believe that true democratic participation requires citizens to be informed enough to participate meaningfully in shared conversation and deliberation with their peers. That’s why we use the innovative Citizens Jury method of public engagement. Citizens Juries provide the space for a diverse group to learn and discuss together, generating thoughtful recommendations on a shared problem.

A Citizens Jury

Learn more about our unique methods of engagement.

A democratic society requires more than infrequent voting. Our aim is to advance democratic participation in all areas of life. See how we can make a difference for you.

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