Transforming Communities is a cross-disciplinary project to draw on some of the world’s best practices in the development of comprehensive, progressive local policies. These policies, taken together, will remake local communities into healthy, democratic, thriving places for all its residents.
What are the building blocks for a new democracy? How will we learn to work together? Govern together? Working locally, we can more effectively make our voices heard, forge shared vision and even implement cutting edge initiatives. The local is especially important as our communities are often concentrated in urban and rural areas that are marginalized in the regular course of state and federal policymaking. As statewide initiatives tend to focus where legislative interest and power resides, these initiatives can contribute to the disenfranchisement of cities and rural areas and further privilege suburban areas. Building local power with national vision and coordination is building democracy from the bottom up. Praxis is committed to building local power with a long term view toward real change.