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No More Normal: Our Common Purpose

Khalil Ekulona

If you have listened to the show for a while, a few months back, you may have heard an interview we had with Stephen Heintz, a cochair of the Commission on the Practice of Democratic Citizenship. The commission is charged with discovering ways to activate participation of U.S. citizens in democratic civil life. So that’s what they did. 

After spending two years and hundreds of hours talking with people all around the country about what’s working and what’s not, a group of 35 scholars, business leaders, and civic catalysts from all over the political and social spectrum have created a document. It’s called Our Common Purpose, and it was put out by the American Academy of Arts & Sciences. 

These are practical, real suggestions to freshen up our system of government, to update it, so the people—all of us—are back in the driver’s seat. The NoMoNo team read it, and we were inspired to gather a panel of citizens to debate these ideas.


  • Darshan Goux, one of the authors of the report

  • Dr. Gerald Chavez, a clinical psychologist 

  • Gus Pedrotty, a mayoral candidate in 2017

  • Business owner Kristelle Siarza

  • Pastor Barry Bitzer

  • Oriana Sandoval from the Center for Civic Policy

  • College student and poli sci major Taylor Velazquez

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Commission on the Practice of Democratic Citizenship

Danielle Allen, Stephen B. Heintz, and Eric P. Liu