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A Farewell to AmericaSpeaks

By Joe Goldman / 2014 January 2nd

One of the leading innovators in the field of public deliberation, AmericaSpeaks, recently announced that it is closing its doors after almost 20 years in operation. It seems appropriate to take this moment to reflect on what AmericaSpeaks is leaving behind. Read More

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Guest Post: The Role of Ranked Choice Voting in 2013

By Rob Richie / 2013 December 19th

FairVote examines the success of Ranked Choice Voting during the 2013 Elections Read More

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Guest Post:New Report Evaluates the Use of Google Hangouts and Other Formats for Public Deliberation

By Peter Levine / 2013 November 25th

This is the seventh in a series of blog posts by CIRCLE, which evaluated several initiatives funded by the Democracy Fund to inform and engage voters during the 2012 election. These posts discuss issues of general interest that emerged from specific evaluations. Read More

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Guest Post: The State Open Campaign System: Technology for Cleaner, Fairer Campaigns

By John Kaehny / 2013 October 25th

John Kaehny gives an overview of the State Open Campaign System; a newblueprint for an affordable, state-of-the-art campaign finance reporting system. Read More

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Guest Post:  Engaging News Project Results

By Talia Stroud / 2013 September 18th

Talia Stroud (Director, Engaging News Project), outlines four take-aways from the Project's work over the last year. Read More

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Fostering a Culture of Problem Solving in Washington

By Joe Goldman / 2013 August 14th

Joe Goldman discusses compromise in today's political environment and the work that the No Labels Foundation, a recent grantee of the Democracy Fund, is doing to contribute to a more productive governance process. Read More

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Guest Post: Creating Community Solutions, part of the National Dialogue on Mental Health

By Carolyn Lukensmeyer / 2013 August 9th

Dr. Carolyn Lukensmeyer discusses new efforts in California and New Mexico to expand the conversation on Mental Health using small-group discussions, large forums, online conversations and large-scale events. Read More

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Guest Post: The Oregon Citizens Initiative Review

By Peter Levine / 2013 July 10th

(This is the sixth in a series of blog posts by CIRCLE, which evaluated several initiatives funded by the Democracy Fund to inform and engage voters during the 2012 election. These posts discuss issues of general interest that emerged from specific evaluations.) Read More

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Guest Post: Educating the Public When People Don’t Trust Each Other

By Peter Levine / 2013 June 27th

This is the fifth in a series of blog posts by CIRCLE, which evaluated several initiatives funded by the Democracy Fund to inform and engage voters during the 2012 election. These posts discuss issues of general interest that emerged from specific evaluations. Read More

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Of Post-Election Audits and Plaudits

By Adam Ambrogi / 2013 June 25th

Provisinal ballots are an important piece of the election process and many races come down to tallying these votes after election day. That said, it is important to underand the potential drawbacks and how the use of these ballots can slow down the process, as occured in Philidelhpia during the 2012 Presidential Election. Read More

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