Doing Democracy Now Available for Download

The Kettering Foundation's newest publication, Doing Democracy, by Scott London, is now available for download. The report includes a preface by David Mathews, president of the Kettering Foundation. Doing Democracy examines a burgeoning network of organizations that is inventing new forms community renewal and citizenship education. Their names vary—some call themselves public policy institutes, others centers for civic life—yet they share a common methodology, one aimed at tackling tough public issues, strengthening communities, and nurturing people’s capacities to participate and make common cause.  This book examines the state of the network today, how it has evolved over the years, and what it has achieved. It also looks at how the centers carry out their activities, the varying orientations and essential practices that define their work, and some of the challenges they face in coming years as they continue to deepen and expand their efforts. Scott will continue to report on this area for the foundation; his next project is a podcast conversation between leaders in higher education, philanthropy, and democracy research incorporating insights from Doing Democracy. The podcast will be available on our website later this fall. For more information about Scott, visit his website.