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Reinventing American Democracy for the 21st Century


The work of the bipartisan commission that issued Our Common Purpose continues with initiatives, events, and publications. 

The Data for Effective Messages for Support and Recruitment
Our Common Purpose Recommends Increasing the Number of Representatives
Conference: Local Leaders, Local Democracy
Lexington, Kentucky is the First Our Common Purpose Community
Our Common Purpose Communities Project
“Some folks feel the voices that count the most are those that have the power. And when I am my most negative, I feel the same way. . . . [But] democracy is about all voices counting. . . . How do we get those people to believe that we can make that change?”
- Ellsworth, Maine