Community Spotlights

Everyday Democracy’s coaching, materials, and Dialogue to Change process have helped hundreds of communities bring people together across divides, and to organize for community and larger positive systems change. Here are some examples of communities that have used our process.

This section showcases the latest of what's happening in communities that use dialogue and action to create change. You'll find a variety of content including podcasts, short stories, interviews, videos, and more.

In its first year, Turning the Tide on Poverty launched 30 "study circles" with more than 250 participants taking part across five southern states.
Guided by a diverse group of community leaders, New Haven 2020: It Starts Now brought neighbors together to address issues affecting the well-being of youth. As part of the Communities Creating...
In one of the nation's longest running dialogue-to-change programs to address racism and racial inequalities, Syracuse (N.Y.) residents are concentrating their efforts on the student achievement gap...
As part of “Turning the Tide,” an anti-poverty dialogue-to-action initiative, residents in Neshoba County, Miss., are working on a number of action ideas, including starting community gardens and...
Carling Sitterley talks about experiences that piqued her interest in racial equity and her ideas for involving young people in dialogues and action groups.
Inspired by her leadership training in the Horizons anti-poverty program in Stanford, Mont., Sandee Hungate is pursuing a new business venture: opening a local clothing store.
Vince Two Eagles tells his story of how he got involved in the Wagner (S.D.) Horizons Racism Study Circles and shares his insights on how to direct change to benefit everyone in a community.
In a community with no ethnic majority, South Sacramento's Committee Addressing Racial Equity (CARE) has brought all kinds of people together in dialogues to explore ways of eliminating racism.
Horizons, an anti-poverty program that includes dialogues, has provided the structure and tools to make hope a reality for 40 communities in Washington state. “The entire Horizons Program has created...
Jah’shams Abdul-Mu’min discusses the role of healing in civic processes and the innovative ways the organization is working with grassroots groups to help people make a difference in their community.


Connecticut Civic Ambassadors are everyday people who care about and engage others in their communities by creating opportunities for civic participation that strengthens our state’s "civic health."

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.