Recommended Reading

For those interested in democracy, public life and exploring their own skills and temperament as a civic leader


  1. Healing the Heart of Democracy: The Courage to Create a Politics Worthy of the Human Spirit, by Parker Palmer, 2011.
  2. Toward Democracy: The Struggle for Self-Rule in European and American Thought, by James T. Kloppenberg, 2016
  3. The Work of Hope: How Individuals and Organizations Can Authentically Do Good, by Richard C. Harwood, 2012
  4. Soul of a Citizen: Living With Conviction in A Cynical Time, by Paul Rogat Loeb, 1999
  5. Toward Wiser Public Judgment, by Daniel Yankelovich, 2011
  6. The Magic of Dialogue, by Daniel Yankelovich, 2001
  7. The Abundant Community, by John McKnight and Peter Block, 2010
  8. The Answer to How is Yes, by Peter Block
  9. Wisdom of the Crowds, by James Surowiecki, 2005
  10. Honey Bee Democracy, by Thomas D. Seeley, 2010
  11. Switch, by Chip Heath and Dan Heath, 2010
  12. Mini-Habits: Smaller Habits, Bigger Results, by Stephen Guise, 2013
  13. Start With Why, by Simon Sinek, 2009


  1. The New Public Service: Serving Rather Than Steering,Robert B. Denhardt and Janet Vinzant Denhardt, Public Administration Review, 60, No. 6 (Nov. – Dec., 2000), pp. 549-559
  2. Reframing Public ParticipationStrategies for the 21st Century, Innes, Judith and David E. Booher. Planning Theory and Practice, Volume 5, No. 4, pp. 419-436. December 2004.
  3. How Can We Quantify Democracy? Hint: It Requires More than Just Counting Votes,Matt Leighninger and Tina Nabatchi, Dispute Resolution Magazine, pp. 26-41. Fall 2015.

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