Everyday Democracy

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Organizing

During the organizing phase, we emphasize coalition-building, recruitment of diverse dialogue participants, message development, early planning for action and training of facilitators. In this phase, it is crucial to reach out to every sector of the population to ensure that everyone’s voice is heard.

Tips

While you know volunteers can benefit your program, the task of recruiting them can seem challenging. No doubt, people view their time as a well-guarded, precious resource and it can be hard to give that up. Check out these ten strategies to help you get organized and let people know they're making a difference so you can recruit more volunteers.
Simple steps to finding active volunteers that will continue to engage in the work.
A recent New York Times article, “Academic ‘Dream Team’ Helped Obama’s Effort,” outlined several tactics that a team of social scientists used to help President Obama during his campaign. Whether or not your preferred candidate won the election, there are many techniques that we can use in organizing dialogue-to-change programs.
Engaging young people in community efforts can be easier said than done. Check out our list of five additional challenges, along with possible solutions you can implement right away.
Engaging young people in community efforts can be easier said than done. Check out our list of five common challenges, along with possible solutions you can implement right away.
As diverse we are racially, ethnically and culturally, we are also very diverse in how we learn. Check out these tips to help you develop discussion materials that will make your dialogues more inclusive of varying learning styles and literacy levels.
Guide to understanding and creating a "fact sheet."
 

Dialogue to Change

Our ultimate goal is to create positive community change that includes everyone, and we believe that our tools, advice, and resources will help foster that kind of change. Whether you’re grappling with a divisive community issue, or simply want to include residents’ voices in city government, the dialogue to change program can help community members take action and make their voice heard.