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Public Agenda Press Release Touts Public Dialogue

With the primary election season getting underway and bringing issues to the headlines, the nonpartisan policy research and civic engagement organization Public Agenda’s president, Ruth Wooden, has released a statement calling for Washington insiders to engage citizens as part of the decision-making process.

From their press release dated January 3rd…

“Until leaders invest trust in the American people, create more opportunities for average citizens to explore issues from multiple points of view and help them confront the facts of our nation’s greatest challenges through dialogue, our government will remain shackled by political maneuvering and gamesmanship. Remember, parties are made of people. So until there is substantial change in the way our citizens are engaged in policy issues, efforts to overcome partisanship will, at best, shift who controls the bully pulpit. America should welcome this gathering of leaders from across the political spectrum and support their bipartisan efforts. We share their commitment to changing business as usual in American politics. We need this, and more.”

You can learn more of Public Agenda’s work at their website (publicagenda.org) and, while there, read their excellent Primer on Public Engagement.

Andy Fluke
Andy Fluke is the co-founder of NCDD and currently provides creative support to many of NCDD's publications and events. He also works with a handful of other NCDD members on a variety of projects as consultant and designer. More about his work can be found at www.andyfluke.com.

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