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Defining Democracy

Democracy is a practice. It goes beyond a government of the people, by the people, for the people. It is more than rhetorical gestures or monumental symbols. Democracy is a way of life, a moral contract of unalienable rights of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.

We invite you to explore the ways democracy shows up in our everyday lives, neighborhoods, and world. Beginning with historic events and making our way to the present day we will look at policies, practices and investments that have shaped our lived experiences in cities across America.

For far too long, the very truths we uphold and look to – concepts like We the People, truth, justice, and equality— have been selectively applied and made to be an empty gesture. Join us in reimagining our cities by examining how the past continues to inform our present day condition. By harnessing our empathy and sense of place, we can begin to rebuild the bonds of society and deliver on the idea of democracy.

As you engage with this experience consider these questions:

What’s your relationship to democracy?

What does democracy look like?

How does democracy show up in your life?

Do you see democracy in action in your day to day?

What spaces and places demonstrate democracy?

What spaces and places are a threat to our democracy?

How do you define democracy?

Help us collect stories and responses from our community. To answer, please leave a comment below.

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