Solving Problems Together

Citizens have been getting better at democratic problem solving at the same time that our larger political institutions have become less capable of solving the big problems facing our society. With the help of a number of creative organizations, millions of Americans are developing impressive and effective problem-solving tools and skills.


Websites


Books

Guns, An American Conversation

Spaceship Media

The Ecology of Democracy

David Mathews

Democracy in Motion: Evaluating the Practice and Impact of Deliberative Civic Engagement

Tina Nabatchi, John Gastil, Matt Leighninger, and G. Michael 

The Reunited States of America: How We Can Bridge the Partisan Divide

Mark Gerzon

Coming to Public Judgment: Making Democracy Work in a Complex World

Daniel Yankelovich

With the People: An Introduction to an Idea

David Mathews


Articles

How Americans can learn once again to solve our nation's problems together

David Mathews

Naming and Framing Difficult Issues to Make Sound Decisions: A Cousins Research Group Report on Democratic Practices

David Mathews

A Public Voice That’s Missing: A Cousins Research Group Report on The Public and the Government

David Mathews

Working Through Difficult Decisions

Kettering Foundation

Public Deliberation in Democracy

Kettering Foundation



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