To explore new methods, develop new tools, and engage with a topic we’re passionate about, The Difference Engine, together with Vinay Kumar Mysore and Isabella Gady, created:


An ongoing immersion into how people engage in civic life beyond what we see as the most essential act of citizenship: voting.

We’ve been conducting research to discover:

What is it that calls people to community with others,
to a sense of purpose and belonging?

What can we learn from these other forms of civic engagement
and the pathways people travel to find them?

How might these lessons contribute to a healthy democracy?

We’re developing a toolkit and trainings, based on our learning,
to help organizations better understand,
and better engage with their communities.


Here’s how to get involved:


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We publish regular longreads about civic participation, political activation, and the challenges of measuring and modeling civic engagement.


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Participate in interviews and other conversations about civic engagement by telling us your story.