This page is meant to be a list of useful, non-partisan resources for monitoring and strengthening your democracies, from the local to the national level. It will grow over time – and you can help. You are most welcome to propose additions or advise on the usefulness or objectivity of any item in the list.
- Campaign for the Civic Mission of Schools has lots of partners and useful advocacy tools.
- Center for Civic Education has decades of experience and great learning materials.
- US Constitution
- Short, politically neutral podcasts and videos on big list of topics.
- Better Angels teaches practical skills for debating political differences.
- Village Square has a great recipe for bringing different-minded people together over a meal for perspectives on difficult topics – and they enjoy it!
- The folks at Livingroom Conversations have a similar idea
- As do the folks at The People’s Supper …
- AllSides.com has some useful tips and links for bridging political divides
Legislators, Upcoming Legislation, Progress and Outcomes
- US Congress: Govtrack.us
- US Congress: Congress.gov
- US States: OpenStates.org
- US States: National Council of State Legislatures
Learn about Election Candidates
- VoteSmart is thousands of conservative and liberals working together, researching the backgrounds and records of thousands of candidates and elected officials.
- Sunlight Foundation is a non-partisan group encouraging accountable and transparent government.
Getting Out of Our Bubbles
- AllSides.com offers an amazing service, showing news stories from conservative, progressive and neutral perspectives.
- Media Bias / Fact Check
Democracy in Other Places
- International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance is an inter-governmental organization with a mission to support sustainable democracy worldwide. They have a wealth of experience and share a lot of ideas about what works in various countries.
- Freedom House’s flagship publication, is the standard-setting comparative assessment of global political rights and civil liberties.
- News and views related to democracy, published by the National Endowment for Democracy and affiliated with theWorld Movement for Democracy.
Theory and Design of Democratic Systems
Learning About & Celebrating the USA
- State Plate, INSP TV. Explores what kind of food are unique to each state.
- Handcrafted America, INSP TV. Searches out America’s finest artisans.
- America’s Heartland, PBS. The only TV show celebrating American agriculture.