A letter from Melinda Gilmore & Randall Nielsen.
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.
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.
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.
John R. Dedrick has been named executive vice president and chief operating officer of the Charles F. Kettering Foundation.
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.
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
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.