Matt Leighninger

Matt Leighninger is the Executive Director of the Deliberative Democracy Consortium (DDC), an alliance of the major organizations and leading scholars working in the field of deliberation and public engagement. The DDC represents more than 50 foundations, nonprofit organizations, and universities, collaborating to support research activities and advance democratic practice, in North America and around the world. Over the last seventeen years, Matt has worked with public engagement efforts in over 100 communities, in 40 states and four Canadian provinces.

Matt Leighninger

Matt Leighninger is the Executive Director of the Deliberative Democracy Consortium (DDC), an alliance of the major organizations and leading scholars working in the field of deliberation and public engagement. The DDC represents more than 50 foundations, nonprofit organizations, and universities, collaborating to support research activities and advance democratic practice, in North America and around the world. Over the last seventeen years, Matt has worked with public engagement efforts in over 100 communities, in 40 states and four Canadian provinces.

Using Online Tools to Engage – and be Engaged by –The Public

Mr. Leighninger’s report begins to pull back the veil on how the various online engagement tactics and tools can be used, and when they work best.  

His report describes common scenarios where public managers may find themselves needing, or using, public input.  He describe a mix of ten different tactics managers may find useful for engaging the public online and highlights over 40 different technologies in use today to support those kinds of engagements.

Executive Director
Deliberative Democracy Consortium
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Matt Leighninger is the Executive Director of the Deliberative Democracy Consortium (DDC), an alliance of the major organizations and leading scholars working in the field of deliberation and public engagement. The DDC represents more than 50 foundations, nonprofit organizations, and universities, collaborating to support research activities and advance democratic practice, in North America and around the world. Over the last seventeen years, Matt has worked with public engagement efforts in over 100 communities, in 40 states and four Canadian provinces.

Matt is a Senior Associate for Everyday Democracy, and serves on the boards of e-democracy.org, the National School Public Relations Association, and The Democracy Imperative. He has advised a number of national associations on their public engagement strategies, including the National League of Cities, NeighborWorks America, Centers for Disease Control, and the League of Women Voters. Matt has also been DDC’s representative to LogoLink, a network of civil society organizations in the Global South.

He has written for publications such as The Christian Science Monitor, The National Civic Review, Public Management, School Administrator, and Nation’s Cities Weekly. His first book, The Next Form of Democracy: How Expert Rule is Giving Way to Shared Governance—and Why Politics Will Never Be the Same, traces the recent shifts in the relationship between citizens and government, and examines how these trends are reshaping our democracy. He is a graduate of Haverford College, and holds a Master’s in Public Administration from the School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA) at Columbia University.

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