Building Civic Engagement – Facilitating Social Change

The Growing Democracy Project is a collaborative effort to build civic capacity by bringing together diverse constituencies – community members, civic leaders, grassroots organizations, and universities. By sharing experiences and expertise, and learning from one another, we empower communities and facilitate social change.

We offer a variety a programs, including a community workshop series and podcast series.

We are open to anyone interested in community politics, political engagement, social activism and community organizing. Learn more about us, or get involved by signing up for our email list.

Mission:

Provide space for communities to share experiences and expertise, and learn from one another, to empower communities and facilitate social change. Our goal is to create spaces to amplify multiple forms of expertise and knowledge, especially the voices of systemically marginalized voices, and to demystify politics, policy, and governance.

Core Values:

  1. Social Justice: We are committed to challenging and disrupting social injustice and oppressive systems and working for positive, peaceful social change on behalf of and in accompaniment with vulnerable, marginalized, and oppressed groups.
  2. Democracy: We are committed to and value deep, participatory democracy. We believe in the promise of radically re-envisioning a more justice and more equitable governing system that values both the wisdom of lived experience and the knowledge of technical expertise. We value democratic practices the foster collaboration, as well as create space for difficult dialogue.
  3. Nonpartisan: We are nonpartisan (as opposed to bipartisan). We do not endorse a specific party nor candidates. We do, however, see the value in engaging in conversation with partisans to examine their understandings, experience, and approach to civic and political life.
Excerpt Text: The Growing Democracy Project is a collaborative effort to build civic capacity by bringing together diverse constituencies – community members, civic leaders, grassroots organizations, and universities. By sharing experiences and expertise, and learning from one another, we empower communities and facilitate social change.