Frequent Partners

  Frequent Partners

The Kettering Foundation is part of a large network of networks—citizens, communities, groups, and institutions around the world. The foundation conducts research by partnering with others in this network; these are just some of the many groups that we exchange research with.

"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever has."
- MARGARET MEAD

The Asset-Based Community Development Institute (ABCD) is at the center of a large and growing movement that considers local assets as the primary building blocks of sustainable community development. Building on the skills of local residents, the power of local associations, and the supportive functions of local institutions, asset-based community development draws upon existing community strengths to build stronger, more sustainable communities for the future.

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A variety of civic entrepreneurs around the country are working to develop a fresh understanding of the role of citizens as actors in democracy. Serving as resources to encourage public life, these hubs of democracy include an array of educational, professional, and informal associations that promote nonpartisan deliberation on public issues. One foundation of their work is building civic capacity for democracy and prompting insights into the politics of public life through workshops that use National Issues Forums as a model.

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The Harwood Institute for Public Innovation is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that seeks nothing less than to spark fundamental change and authentic hope in American public life.

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The International Institute for Sustained Dialogue (IISD) helps citizens around the world transform deep-rooted human conflicts into constructive relationships, which are the foundation of effective decision making and peace building. Founded in 2002, based on over 30 years of experience and research, IISD provides space and a systematic change process through which citizens in communities and in organizations face the causes of conflicts and overcome them.

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The National Coalition for Dialogue & Deliberation (NCDD) actively promotes learning and collaboration among practitioners, public leaders, scholars, and organizations involved in dialogue, deliberation, and other innovative group processes that help people tackle our most challenging problems.

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National Issues Forums is a nonpartisan, nationwide network of locally sponsored public forums for the consideration of public policy issues. These forums, organized by a variety of organizations, groups, and individuals, offer citizens the opportunity to join together to deliberate, to make choices with others about ways to approach difficult issues and to work toward creating reasoned public judgment.

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Public Agenda, an innovative public opinion research and public engagement organization, works to strengthen our democracy’s capacity to tackle tough public policy issues. Nonpartisan and nonprofit, Public Agenda was founded by social scientist and author Daniel Yankelovich and former Secretary of State Cyrus Vance in 1975.

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The mission of the Sustained Dialogue Campus Network (SDCN) is to develop everyday leaders who engage differences as strengths to improve campuses, workplaces, and communities. SDCN envisions a world in which all people have the tools to create the communities they dream of so people of all identities can thrive.

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