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Designing the future of democracy.

We’re unleashing the power of citizens by teaming up with nonprofits, universities, governments, and others to design innovative, democratic solutions to today’s toughest challenges.

We create opportunities for diverse groups of citizens to study public issues in-depth and discuss varied viewpoints before crafting their own solutions to the problem.

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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 support citizen solutions by building powerful coalitions focused on meaningful change.
“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.