Democracy from the Inside Out

Listening to Our Consciences and Our Neighbors

We talk a lot about what it means to actively participate in a democracy: voting, participating in protests, writing and calling our representatives, and even running for office ourselves. But there is so much external noise, it can be hard to hear our own conscience, let alone discern right action. In the rambunctious arena of American democracy, how do we create habits and practices that help us become more active, resilient, and compassionate, giving us the grounding to both act from our own values and listen closely to our neighbors? How do we become the people we want to be so that we can create the society we want to live in?


Wendy Willis | Portland

Wendy Willis is a poet and essayist living in Portland. Wendy is also the executive director of the Deliberative Democracy Consortium and the founder and director of Oregon’s Kitchen Table at Portland State University. Her most recent book, A Long Late Pledge, will be released in September 2017. 

Program Themes

Community , Democracy , Ethics , Government , Power , Values

Equipment Needs

digital projector , screen , wireless Internet access