Democracy Matters. IT’s time to put it back to work.
We are living in an important moment in history. Recent years have been marked by seemingly impenetrable divides and a trend toward a less and less civil civic society. At
Founding Forward Democracy Labs offers safe spaces to deliberate, build civic leadership skills and take action across existing divides - between government and the communities they serve and their clients/customers across partner organizations and among community members themselves.
It takes place in four phases carried out over a few months in workshops and community check-ins.
Phase 1: Connect
Interactive experiences connect lab members and build shared understanding and relationships. The problem is redefined with a set of guidelines for interaction and decision-making used over the course of the process.
Phase 2: Dream
Lab members engage in individual and group dreaming about how they would like to see the future.
Phase 3: Design
Lab members brainstorm actions to realize their dreams and goals. Ideas are prioritized and projects are designed and selected with an “I/We can” orientation to push even small actions forward.
Phase 4: Act
Lab members work together to implement their projects. After completion, lab members re-convene for reflection on successes and challenges and to craft desired next steps or strategies.