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We cannot not change the world. Isn’t that odd?

We as individuals have social interactions everyday. We do not live alone on a deserted island. We cannot not be social. We should be aware of the fact that we have the opportunity to choose our actions in everyday life. We have the choice between following the same habits, customs and lanes we did in the past, or to change them. Every new day we could do things differently than we have done it before. For us this is social design.

Rather than telling you what social design is, we aim at providing you ideas, inspirations and insights on positive and engaging change. Here, you will have the chance to explore and share your work with the many other changing the world projects. How do you change the world? Share it here.

AmericaSpeaks (USA)
AmericaSpeaks is a non-profit organization develops innovative deliberative tools that work for both citizens and decision makers. These tools give citizens an opportunity to have a strong voice in public decision making within the increasingly short timeframes required of decision makers. As a result, citizens can impact decisions and those in leadership positions can make more informed, lasting decisions.

Through deliberation and dialogue, AmericaSpeaks methodologies help individuals collectively come to judgment about the best course of action on a given public issue. AmericaSpeaks’ 21st Century Town Meeting™ creates an opportunity for the general public to give those in leadership positions direct, substantive feedback on key public issues. Each meeting effectively restores the balance of the “political playing field” by engaging thousands of general interest citizens at a time (up to 5,000 per meeting), effectively and quickly summarizing citizen input and widely disseminating the results through media coverage. Their role as neutral convener increases confidence among citizens and decision-makers that the content, process and outcomes are fair and balanced.

They seek to overcome the dramatic growth and power of special interest groups that has constrained leaders and squeezed ordinary citizens out of the decision-making process. It seeks to increase citizen voice through its large-scale citizen engagement projects, research, innovation and collaboration, both nationally and internationally. Since the organization's founding in 1995, AmericaSpeaks has engaged more than 65,000 people in public forums in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Its international arm, Global Voices, has held local and international forums in Europe and Australia.
Spread The Word - fostering a discourse for social design - 2007
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