Organizing Resources

Community Wireless Resources

October 1, 2010

Free Press

Description: Provides legislative updates and searches for community networks in your area.


Description: Home base for anyone interested in the municipal wireless movement. Portal for news and information on projects around the world.

Local Democracy Associations and Organizations

April 19, 2010

A collection of groups and organizations working on issues related to local governance and local democracy that we hope you'll find useful. Check back frequently for updates.

Analyses of Participatory Democracy Elsewhere

October 1, 2009

Learning Citizenship and Democracy Through Participatory Budgeting: The Case of Rosario, Argentina, by Josh Lerner and Daniel Schugurensky. Analysis of the pedagogical dimension and educational effects of participatory budgeting.

Active Democracy: Citizen Participation in Decision Making
Description: Run by Lyn Carson at University of Sydney, this is an interesting collection of mostly Australian case studies and links.

United Kingdom
WE Power

Local Democracy Associations and Organizations

September 30, 2009


America Speaks

Description: A nonprofit organization that develops tools and provides consulting on achieving greater citizen input into public decision making.


  Chicago Area Participatory Economics Society
Description: The Chicago organization dedicated to public education on democratic economic models.  Based on "parecon" or participatory economics. 


Local Democracy News Sources

September 29, 2009

Inter Press Service News Agency -- The Word From the Street: City Voices Stories from around the world about local struggles against neoliberalism.

The International Budget Project
Newsletter with lots of updates on participatory budgeting and other participatory democracy programs.

Direct Legislation Resources

September 28, 2009

February 8, 2006: Council Ordered To Address Iraq Issue
Description: A judge orders city council of Watertown, Wisconsin to decide whether it will vote on a resolution to withdraw US troops from Iraq or let it proceed to referendum. The judge found it a legislative matter and proper for the council to consider. Advisory referenda are proper subjects for direct legislation.


Participatory Budgeting Resources

September 27, 2009

A Guide to Participatory Budgeting
Description: A primer on PB by Brian Wampler.

SAVE THE NEWS: Toward a National Journalism Strategy

July 20, 2009
From Saving the News: Toward a National Journalism Strategy

"Journalism is a public good. As a society, we all benefit from quality news and information. But like many public goods, journalism has always been heavily subsidized. The subsidy model that prevailed for the past century — advertising-supported journalism — appears to be dying. If current trends continue, America could soon embark on an unprecedented social experiment by becoming the first advanced democracy to leave wide sectors of society and entire geographic regions without a fully functional, professional press. We are venturing into uncharted territory."