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From The Blog

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Elevating Constructive Voices to Disrupt Polarization

By Laura Maristany / 2017 September 12th

Innovative organizations are trying to ease hyper-partisanship by promoting civil dialogue, fostering collaboration, and embracing common-sense reforms and breakthrough ideas. Read More

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Tackling Challenges in Election Administration and Voting Using an Ecosystem Approach

By Adam Ambrogi / 2017 September 11th

Through collaboration with advocates, academics, election officials, and policy experts, our Election Administration and Voting System Map will help inform our thinking about American elections and our strategies for improving them. Read More

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Remembering Michael Cromartie

By Joe Goldman / 2017 September 5th

Joe Goldman and Chris Crawford remember our friend Michael Cromartie, a tireless fighter for democratic values. Read More

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Understanding Trust to Strengthen Democracy

By Srik Gopal / 2017 August 21st

In this blog, we share three important lessons we’ve learned about trust and discuss how we’ve started applying these lessons to Democracy Fund’s work. Read More

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Inaugural Election Sciences Conference Kicks Off in Portland, Oregon

By Natalie Adona / 2017 August 9th

Conference organizers successfully brought together a mix of election officials, advocates, civic tech experts, academics and students to discuss election administration and the importance of establishing networks to share learnings. Read More

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New Report Highlights Challenges to Congress’ Capacity to Perform Their Role in Democracy

By Chris Nehls / 2017 August 7th

New research from the Congressional Management Foundation reveals congressional staff are dissatisfied with their ability to perform key aspects of their jobs, which they understand are vital to the function of the institution. Read More

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Key to Public Trust: A Congress that Looks Like America

By Laura Maristany / 2017 July 12th

Understanding that diversity is key to healthy institutions, we're investing in the Joint Center and NALEO—two organizations working to help Congress recruit, train, and place talented people of color to serve in government. Read More

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Mapping the Legislative Ecosystem

By Chris Nehls / 2017 July 5th

We joined OpenGov and Demand Progress to explain how the legislative data community can use our systems map on Congress to support meaningful reform and innovation. Read More

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America needs a national dialogue to heal our political battle wounds

By Betsy Wright Hawkings / 2017 June 26th

To truly address what ails our democracy, we must find a way for Democrats, Republicans and Independents to begin talking with — and listening to — each other again, and rebuild their trust in their fellow Americans. Read More

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20 Projects Receive Funding to Combat Misinformation and Build a More Trustworthy Public Square

By Josh Stearns / 2017 June 22nd

The Knight Foundation, Democracy Fund, and Rita Allen Foundation announced today that twenty projects seeking to improve the flow of accurate information will split $1 million to explore and develop early-stage ideas, programs, and prototypes. Read More

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