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About the Davenport Institute

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"The Davenport Institute is helping civic innovators inspire, support, and learn from one another on a state-wide basis. This is an ambitious and much-needed role." - Matt Leighninger, Executive Director, Deliberative Democracy Consortium and author, The Next Form of Democracy (2007).

Since our founding as a multi-partisan and non-profit organization in 2005, The Davenport Institute (formerly Common Sense California) has worked to engage the citizens of this state in the policy decisions that affect our everyday lives. It is our firm belief that, in today's world of easy access to information, and easy connectivity to others, California's municipal and education leaders are seeking ways to involve the residents of their communities in the important issues they confront. Done legitimately, this new kind of leadership produces better, more creative policy solutions and better, more engaged citizens committed to the hard work of self-governance.


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