What We Do

At Renew Democracy Initiative (RDI), we promote intellectual humility and an empathetic approach to disagreeing, debate, and progress for a stronger democracy.  

 

Civics Education

Photo by Jeff J Mitchell

Photo by Jeff J Mitchell

We are building a civics education program that will show our next generation:

The complexities of the U.S. governmentwhy it’s set up the way it is, instead of memorizing the what

The origins of freedom around the world and how to preserve it for future generations

How to listen to disparate voices, compromise to ensure progress, and communicate views persuasively

Our flagship course will include a set of modular units that teachers could easily plug into their lesson plans.

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Conferences & Events

Photo by Mari Fenner

Photo by Mari Fenner

We host online and offline discussions to tackle pressing issues—connecting political thinkers and decision-makers with citizens who will be impacted.

We bring together voices who may disagree across the spectrum—to share, learn, and come up with solutions together through respectful dialogue.

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Share Findings

Photo by Rido Franz

Photo by Rido Franz

We work with state and national decision-makers to share our findings, pass along the ideas of those who have signed our Manifesto, and make progress on issues critical to RDI’s mission. 

We will focus, in particular, on issues related to civics education and good governance legislation. One of our key goals will be to provide political cover to decision-makers from both sides to cooperate on issues of national significance.