Local Democracy Associations and Organizations

September 30, 2009

 

America Speaks

www.americaspeaks.org

Description: A nonprofit organization that develops tools and provides consulting on achieving greater citizen input into public decision making.

 

  Chicago Area Participatory Economics Society

www.chicagoparecon.org
Description: The Chicago organization dedicated to public education on democratic economic models.  Based on "parecon" or participatory economics. 

 

Cities for Progress
www.citiesforprogress.org
Description: A project of the Institute for Policy Studies; a network of locally-elected officials and community-based organizations and activists working for social change in the United States of America.

Deliberative Democracy Consortium
www.deliberative-democracy.net
Description: A US-based network of practitioners and researchers supporting research on and advancing the field of deliberative democracy at all levels of government, especially within the United States.

International Observatory on Participatory Democracy
www.bcn.es/observatori
Description: International network of municipalities and stakeholders in participatory democracy experiments. Very useful database of projects and papers.

Local Governments for Sustainability
www.iclei.org
Description: A global network of local governments and local government associations that have made a commitment to sustainable development. Provides technical consulting and information services to local initiatives. 

National Coalition for Dialogue and Deliberation
www.thataway.org
Description: A national network of organizations focused on training individuals and groups in facilitation and conducting truly participatory, meaningful discussion.

 

Progressive Legislative Action Network
www.progressivestates.org
Description: A group committed to writing policy, creating strategies and building a network to change government. It focuses on state-level policy, on the premise that today's legislators are tomorrow's representatives in Congress.

United Cities and Local Governments
www.cities-localgovernments.org/uclg/index.asp
Description: A global organization of cities and local governments working to build relationships between communities and their associations, to build capacity of local government, and to promote policy in key areas including poverty, sustainable development and social inclusion.

UN-Habitat Urban Management Program
www.unhabitat.org/programmes/ump
Description: A United Nations program focused on developing local governance within regional networks. Has been promoting the use of participatory budgeting as a good model for development, efficient distribution of resources, and effective curb on corruption.

Z Magazine's Parecon Site
www.zmag.org/parecon
Description:  A comprehensive listing of resources for participatory economics.