Getting Started

This section of resources has tips to help you implement Everyday Democracy's Dialogue to Change process at each phase of the work. Below we have highlighted one tip from each section, however you can click the link in each section to see all tips in that area.

Before you dive into the tips, be sure to check out the description of the Dialogue to Change process that includes a racial equity lens.


  • During the 2012 election season, a 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.


  • 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.




Sustaining Progress

  • Here are some advantages and disadvantages to forming an alliance with an established organization versus setting up your own nonprofit to help sustain your community efforts.    

Dialogue to Change

Our ultimate goal is to create positive community change that includes everyone, and our tools, advice, and resources foster that kind of change. Whether you’re grappling with a divisive community issue, or simply want to include residents’ voices in city government, Everyday Democracy's Dialogue to Change process, using a racial equity lens, can help.