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With the People: Encouraging Public Deliberation

With the People is an ongoing initiative of the National Issues Forums Institute and a nationwide network of partners designed to encourage sustained practices of public deliberation on campuses and in communities across the country. As part of the initiative, NIFI is able to provide a wide range of complimentary resources to those who wish to convene these discussions:
nonpartisan, multi-perspective discussion guides
support materials for conveners and discussion leaders
"bridging pieces" that connect contemporary public issues to the Constitution
training webinars
outreach materials

For more information, visit: https://www.nifi.org/en/with-the-people

Also, see the short book by David Mathews and the Kettering Foundation Cousins Research Group that introduces the concept of "With the People." From the overview of this report:

In 1863, President Abraham Lincoln delivered his Gettysburg Address, and he spoke of an ideal of government, one that is of, by, and for the people. Do Americans today think our government is really “of” the people? That’s debatable. “By” the people? Doubtful. “For” the people? Perhaps for some, sometimes.

This Cousins Research Group Report, based on a forthcoming book by David Mathews, suggests trying another preposition—government with the people. It offers a strategy for bridging some of the divide separating the people of the United States from their government and from the country’s major institutions. It envisions a form of collaboration that would have institutions working with citizens, not just for them. Such a “with strategy” sees people as creators and producers rather than consumers or clients. It encourages collaboration through mutually reinforcing efforts between the citizenry and the government, and that could have a cumulative effect on the troubles that our democracy faces.