How might we engage people in the political process? Democracy depends on informed, engaged citizens but many Americans don’t participate. We are developing online deliberation platforms that allow large groups to learn about political issues, crowdsource policy agendas to decision-makers, and organize their own civic engagement projects. In deliberative events, groups of citizens learn about a political issue, weigh the merits of competing arguments, and generate a policy recommendation. Deliberation can increase interest in civic issues and political organizing.

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