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To strengthen democracy around the world, organizations and activists constantly make strategic choices about how best to inform, engage, and amplify the voices of ordinary people and mobilize collective action. Research often is not available to serve the needs of these actors. The Center on Democracy and Organizing (CDO) is a newly-established university-based center at the Institute of Governmental Studies at the University of California, Berkeley, with the aim of generating usable research, sharpening the strategic capacity of participating organizations, and developing a generation of scholars from diverse backgrounds who can do work that addresses the concrete needs of practitioners.

CDO is focused on developing a community of researchers and practitioners who work together to improve the practice of organizing in order to build a more just and equitable democracy. CDO’s approach is defined by the following set of ideals:

  • True advances only occur when knowledge is co-created between researchers and practitioners; methodological approaches should be driven by the questions being asked.
  • Research and organizing should be conducted in ways that account for current and historical inequality and power differentials.
  • Building a more inclusive democracy requires not only developing the right policies, but also strengthening organizations, social movements, and other vehicles of collective action.
  • CDO invests in building the intellectual foundations of the work of these organizations, and supports the creation of an infrastructure that enables dynamic, collaborative learning between organizers and the academy.

MISSION

The Center on Democracy and Organizing is dedicated to developing a community of researchers and practitioners who can work together to improve the practice of organizing as a means to building a more just and equitable democracy.

To strengthen democracy around the world, organizations and activists constantly make strategic choices about how best to inform, engage, and amplify the voices of ordinary people and mobilize collective action. Research often is not available to serve the needs of these actors. The Center on Democracy and Organizing (CDO) is a newly-established university-based center at the Institute of Governmental Studies at the University of California, Berkeley, with the aim of generating usable research, sharpening the strategic capacity of participating organizations, and developing a generation of scholars from diverse backgrounds who can do work that addresses the concrete needs of practitioners.

CDO is focused on developing a community of researchers and practitioners who work together to improve the practice of organizing in order to build a more just and equitable democracy. CDO’s approach is defined by the following set of ideals:

  • True advances only occur when knowledge is co-created between researchers and practitioners; methodological approaches should be driven by the questions being asked.
  • Research and organizing should be conducted in ways that account for current and historical inequality and power differentials.
  • Building a more inclusive democracy requires not only developing the right policies, but also strengthening organizations, social movements, and other vehicles of collective action.
  • CDO invests in building the intellectual foundations of the work of these organizations, and supports the creation of an infrastructure that enables dynamic, collaborative learning between organizers and the academy.

MISSION

The Center on Democracy and Organizing is dedicated to developing a community of researchers and practitioners who can work together to improve the practice of organizing as a means to building a more just and equitable democracy.

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