About the Project for Civic Health

Almost daily, we see the challenges from the breakdown in civic dialogue — in the news, in community meetings, in national politics. Yet at the same time, people are also acting to counter divisiveness, develop community solutions to shared challenges, and improve dialogue across differences.  

Concerned by the increasingly common dysfunction in governance at state legislatures around the country, Denny Heck, Lieutenant Governor of Washington State, reached out to leaders at the Henry M. Jackson Foundation, the University of Washington Evans School, and The William D. Ruckelshaus Center. Together, we realized civic health demanded our collective attention.

The Office of the Lt. Governor began by convening roundtables in five Washington counties with elected officials and community leaders. Small groups gathered to talk more about the state of civic health, and, in the course of doing so, reminded each other of how much we have in common. The roundtable conversations formed the basis of the Civic Health Summit.


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