Everyday Democracy has worked with hundreds of communities over the past thirty years, turning conversation into action, and action into positive change. They have tools and resources that can help foster community engagement with a racial equity lens.
Vision and Mission
Everyday Democracy's ultimate vision is that local communities create and sustain equitable and inclusive public dialogue that leads to positive change. Such strong local democracies can form the cornerstone of a vibrant national democracy. In this kind of democracy:
- Everyone’s voice has an opportunity to be heard, equally and respectfully
- People of different backgrounds and views routinely work together to create equitable communities
- Elected officials have many opportunities to hear from everyday people
- People have ways to work with decision-makers to create public policy
Everyday Democracy's mission is to help communities work equitably and inclusively in order to build a strong democracy and improve the quality of life for everyone. 
Origins and Development
In 1982, Paul J. Aicher sold his business and used the proceeds to establish the Topsfield Foundation, Inc. Based in Pomfret, Connecticut, the Topsfield Foundation dedicated itself to enhancing civic engagement through public dialogue. Later, in 1989, the foundation established the Study Circles Resource Center as its primary project.
"In the early years, we focused on developing a better kind of public dialogue, drawing on the ways people talk in their everyday lives. Then, we championed the idea that public talk is for everyone, and helped communities organize to bring all kinds of people into the conversation. Now we’re helping people connect public dialogue to real solution using our Dialogue to Change Process with a racial equity lens." 
Organizational Structure, Membership, and Funding
Everyday Democracy is run by a board of directors, with Carolyne Abdullah standing as Senior Executive Director for over 25 years.
Everyday Democracy's primary source of funding is The Paul J. Aicher Foundation. Additional support for the work of the Center and the Foundation comes from contracts, grants, and in-kind support from other foundations and partner organizations.
Specializations, Methods, and Tools
On their website, Everyday Democracy explains their approach: "Everyday Democracy has worked with hundreds of communities over the past 30 years, turning conversation into action, and action into positive change. Whether you’re grappling with a divisive community issue, or simply want to include residents’ voices in city government, we have tools and resources that can help foster civic engagement.
Through a process we call 'Dialogue to Change,' groups of diverse people meet over the course of several weeks - building trust through open and honest discussions, learning about the complex issues their community is facing, and working together on solutions.
Given the impact of racism in our country, our process pays special attention to how structural racism and other inequities affect the issues we address."
The key issues they provide resources for and address are:
- Police-Community Relations
- Racial Equity
- Early Childhood Development
- Mental Health
Major Projects and Events
Since 1989 Everyday Democracy has supported, guided, evaluated, and/or convened hundreds of deliberative events, community organizing initiatives, and dialogue-to-change programs. The following are a selection of the organization's most well-known work:
- Communities Creating Racial Equity (2007-2009)
- Horizons Anti-Poverty Program (2005-2010)
- Food For Health: Building a Healthy Food System for NYC (2010)
- Strong Starts for Children: Dialogues on Early Childhood Development and Education in Albuquerque, New Mexico (2010-2011)
- Turning the Tide on Poverty (2009- )
Analysis and Lessons Learned
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All of Everyday Democracy's publications are made available to the public and are published under Creative Commons licensing. Publications and resources include discussion guides, reports, worksheets, activities, handouts, how-to's, and more.
Study Circles (Dialogue-to-Change) (method)
 Mission Statement, Everyday Democracy, 2018, https://www.everyday-democracy.org
 "History of Everyday Democracy," Everyday Democracy, https://www.everyday-democracy.org/about/history.
 "About the Paul J. Aicher Foundation," Everyday Democracy, https://www.everyday-democracy.org/about/foundation.
 "Our Approach to Change," Everyday Democracy, 2018, https://www.everyday-democracy.org/dialogue-to-change/about
 "Resources for Change Makers," Everyday Democracy, accessed May 26, 2019, https://www.everyday-democracy.org/resources.
Matt Leighninger, Martha McCoy. Mobilizing Citizens: Study Circles Offer a New Approach to Citizenship in National Civic Review, Vol. 87, No. 2 (July 2003): 183-190.
Martha L. McCoy, Patrick L. Scully. Deliberative Dialogue to Expand Civic Engagement: What Kind of Talk Does Democracy Need?, in National Civic Review, Vol. 91, No. 2 (Summer 2002): 117-135.
- Communities Creating Racial Equity
- Everyday Democracy site
- Horizons Anti-Poverty Program
- Turning the Tide on Poverty