How do we build democratic engagement for more than just a few?

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One of the key indicators of inclusion in community is the ability and willingness to participate in the civic process. In our context, democratic engagement is our most obvious activity along the spectrum of what it means to be engaged in the civic process. Bringing the conversations that we are having in our homes and other community spaces to a shared public space is not easy.

This is the kind of work John Beebe speaks about from his experience while at Samara Canada. In partnership with a number of community organizations, this initiative sought to enhance democratic engagement, build a culture that supports it, and measure how it changes.

John, how would you say this work is making the democratic engagement space more inclusive? After listening to John, tell us what your experiences have been having these conversations. What has been their impact on your own engagement in your community?