We help communities create common ground solutions on complex issues, expanding what's politically possible and rebuilding the social fabric.
The American Public Trust is a non-partisan non-profit institution that supports cities, counties, and states in applying participatory, deliberative, and digital democracy methods to meet the challenges that matter most in their backyards.
These community-centered approaches go beyond typical politics to consider all involved, bridge divides, and create shared agendas for broad benefit.
When everyday people are given good conditions to hear each other and weigh all options, they can resolve intractable issues and help repair the social fabric in a community.
Participatory approaches are increasingly called for as an antidote to the challenges facing democracy at all levels
From the governance methods of the original Americans to those of Greek democracy, there is a deep history of dialogue and deliberation resolving complex issues and creating transformative common ground.
We host events, webinars, and trainings for public agency, government, and foundation leaders seeking to create more effective change on their most intractable issues.
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