Reinventing Democracy: How Hometowns Are Strengthening America

Dec 7-9, 2022 |
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Part of the Our Common Purpose Communities Project 

December 7 - 9, 11:30am - 5:00pm ET

Join mayors, city councilors, select board members, city and town managers, county executives, and other local government officials from across the country to see how your hometown can help reinvent democracy from the ground up.

  • Learn from experts and other local leaders who are working to make democracy work better for everyone in their own hometowns.
  • Attend panels on ranked choice voting, participatory governance, clean elections laws, civic education, and more.
  • Network and connect with like-minded leaders from around the country.
  • Meet with staff from national organizations with expertise on specific reforms.
  • Hear directly from the Commission behind Our Common Purpose and learn how your town can become part of the Our Common Purpose Communities Project. 

With politics at the national level increasingly polarized and dysfunctional, it is easy to be cynical about the future of American democracy. Looking to the local level reveals a very different story. From coast to coast, in red states and blue, America’s cities and towns are adopting innovative reforms to increase citizen participation, make government more responsive, and build bridges across cultural and political divides. The event will feature keynote speaker Judy Woodruff of PBS News, and other experts and leaders from around the nation.