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Nominate a White House Champion of Change for “Transformative Civic Engagement”!

This July, the White House will host a “Champions of Change” event to celebrate local change agents whose exemplary leadership is helping to strengthen our democracy and increase participation in our government.

ChampionsOfChangeThe event will convene extraordinary individuals who are taking innovative approaches to engage citizens and communities in the practice of open government and civic participation.  These leaders will be invited to the White House to celebrate their accomplishments and showcase the steps they have taken to foster a more open, transparent, and participatory government.

Unquestionably, many NCDD members and the local leaders you work with could be and should be nominated as Champions of Change in transformative civic engagement.  I encourage all of you to nominate one another to be recognized in this way!  Nominations must be submitted by noon on Friday, June 21st. (Please let me know who you decide to nominate, and send me a copy of the information you submit — I may be able to put in a good word for your nominee.)

Also, send me an email at sandy@ncdd.org if you’d like to join me in attending this Champions of Change event at the White House.  I’ve been given the opportunity to help identify a group of NCDD members who can participate in the event and show their support and appreciation for local innovators in this field of work!

The White House is looking for innovators in civic engagement and open government whose work is characterized by such things as:

  • Piloting a participatory and democracy-building initiative, such as one that engages citizens in governance beyond elections;
  • Engaging traditionally disengaged communities in local governance;
  • Using new technologies to enhance transparency, participation, and collaboration in government.

Nominate a Transformative Civic Leader as a Champion of Change today!  Note: under theme of service, choose “Transformative Civic Engagement Leaders.”


See the White House announcement for this Champions of Change event. Note that about a dozen people are recognized at each Champions of Change event at the White House.

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Sandy Heierbacher is the Founding Director of the National Coalition for Dialogue & Deliberation (NCDD). Sandy has an M.A. in International Management from SIT Graduate Institute, and also serves as a Research Deputy for the Kettering Foundation. Click here for a list of articles and resources authored by Sandy.

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  1. Just for the record, a month or so before the Champs of Change event at the White House, the gist of the event was changed a bit. It went from focusing on “Champions of Change in Transformative Civic Engagement” to “Champions of Change in Open Government and Civic Hacking.”

    You can watch a video of the event at http://www.whitehouse.gov/photos-and-video/video/2013/07/23/champions-change-open-government-and-civic-hacking — including footage of our two winners from the NCDD network, Steven Clift of e-democracy.org and Anita Brown-Graham of the Institute for Emerging Issues at NC State. Two public administrators who are pioneers in participatory budgeting in the U.S. were also recognized.

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