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Citizens

Democracy requires responsible citizens who can make sound decisions about their future, and can act on these decisions. Through joint learning exchanges, Kettering studies how citizens might accept their responsibility, make sound decisions about what is in the public’s interest, and join forces to act on those decisions.

Communities

Democracy requires a community, or a society of citizens, that can work together. We research the way citizens face persistent problems in their communities. These problems, such as poverty, violence, and gaps in educational achievement, require citizens, communities, and institutions to work together to address them.

Institutions

Democracy requires institutions with public legitimacy that contribute to strengthening society. While institutions can affect the public’s ability to govern itself, they can also unintentionally weaken self-rule by substituting expert knowledge for public knowledge. Aligning institutional routines with citizens’ work is the central challenge. 

Blog

Journalists at DDEx Grapple with Helping Citizens See Themselves in Public Issues

Written by: Kettering Staff

The journalists from five different countries who gathered at the Deliberative Democracy Exchange (DDEx) had many things in common, but most of all, they were worried. 

Watch A Public Voice 2018 Via Facebook Live

Written by: Kettering Staff

We want YOUR stories in YOUR words to be part of the conversation in DC.

New Volume Presents Perspectives on the Longtime Collaboration Between KF and Cuban Environmental Organization

Written by: Kettering Staff

Active Citizenship compiles some of the most compelling presentations from the 2016 conference, including many stories of how citizens in Cuba, as well as the US, have worked to address problems in their communities.

Reflections on the February 2018 Presidents’ Group Meeting at Denison University

Written by: Kettering Staff

After two and a half years of animated discussion and work in an ongoing research exchange with the Kettering Foundation, a group of college presidents concerned with the civic mission of higher education gathered at Denison University in Granville, Ohio, on February 15 and 16, 2018, at the invit

Higher Education Exchange 2017: Deliberation as Public Judgment

Written by: Kettering Staff

The 2017 volume of HEX attempts to distill Kettering’s understanding of deliberation.