Democracy Renovation Newsletter

February 22, 2022

vol 2, no. 1

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Well, I'm afraid I've started off the New Year by failing to keep my resolution of sending this newsletter once a month. The new semester began in late January. I'm teaching a new class, Justice by Means of Democracy. And I've been swamped.

But I haven't been thinking of you any the less for all of that.

I often start my classes with a survey where I ask students to share an issue they're especially focused on and what values they hold inform that selection. I also ask them to share what emotion they connect to that issue. I'm sad to say that this year fear, anxiety, and anger were high. This shouldn't be too suprising given the broader state of the world. But I can confirm: the kids are really feeling it.

At the same time, they bring such brilliance and creativity. Our weekly class session brings me hope. They are ready for fresh thinking and problem-solving to face our problems.

In that spirit, I'm glad to share that my column for the Washington Post will focus this year on democracy renovation. You may have seen the first one. If not, check it out here.

Warmest regards,


WaPo Opinion | America is in a 'Great Pulling Apart.' Can we pull together?

Our nation is in desperate need of democracy renovation. We need to bring this old house we all share up to date and fit for purpose in the 21st century. To some extent, our challenges are simply that our family is bigger now. Systems are straining under the scale and complexity of our family's needs.

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Latest Update: Partners In Democracy

Partners In Democracy, the organization I’ve been building to drive democracy renovation, is coming up on its one-year anniversary, and we’re moving full steam ahead with our Massachusetts strategy.

This spring, we’re leading a grassroots prioritization process as the first step towards a potential 2024 ballot initiative for a healthier democracy. We’re gathering input from communities across the state on what changes to our democratic systems are most important to them. Visit our website to get involved and follow along with our progress this spring!

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