The Facilitation Analytics Project provides tools that facilitators, agencies, community organizations and citizens can use to learn and share the communication skills needed for a citizen-centered democracy. You can order our e-books, and find other analytical tools on the project website.
We have been involved in several different projects to help strengthen our democracy:
We joined with the Columbia Daily Tribune in a learning exchange with the Kettering Foundation focused on Local Based Issue Guides. Our role was to explore what happens when media works directly with citizens to identify and report on the topics that citizens want to talk about. As part of the learning exchange we are experimenting with different kinds of dialogue platforms and hosting dialogues on those topics that the citizens who participate want to discuss. The overall purpose of our project was to look at ways in which the media can help strengthen the citizen voice in our evolving political system. You can learn more on the “One Community, One Columbia” blog. In May of 2018, we participated in an additional exchange on Recognizing Democratic Practice.
” A democracy must be reborn in every generation, and education is its midwife.” – John Dewey
How do we educate the next generation? This can’t be done just by the schools. It must be done in families and community organizations. Find guides that can help you promote nonpartisan dialogue on the values that shape and sustain our democracy and on the habits that lead us astray.