About CivicEvolution


Publication: 2012-12-10


Think together to act together: We believe that meaningful change comes from the grassroots in the form of community written and supported plans to solve community problems.

Our solution outsources democracy back to the citizens in the form of community plan writing. They elicit community feedback, filter it, and synthesize it into an actionable proposal that decision-makers can review and negotiate. Ultimately, citizens experience themselves as authentic participants in the creative co-governance of their communities.


Name:Owen Ambur




CivicEvolution is produced by Practical Evolution, LLC based in San Francisco, California.


  • Practical Evolution, LLC

  • Brian SullivanFounder and CEO -- Brian is a programmer and consultant with 25 years experience. For the last 10 years he has focused his efforts on developing online dialogue and deliberation tools that can complement real world practice by harnessing the often fragmented and reactionary online participation into constructive community problem solving.

  • Prof Janette Hartz-KarpInternational Public Engagement Advisor -- Janette is renowned nationally and internationally for her innovative work in deliberative democracy. Janette is currently involved in a number of action research initiatives including a pilot for a global dialogue on climate change in Alberta Canada; preventative health deliberations across Australia; creating a deliberative community/collaborative governance in regional WA - one of the finalists in the international Reinhard-Mohn Prize 2011 for ‘vitalizing democracy'

  • Laurie McCannUnited States Public Engagement Advisor -- Laurie works with organizations and communities committed to creating a more peaceful, just and sustainable world. She recently retired as Campus Ombuds at UCSC where she served for 11 years. Laurie has extensive experience in designing and facilitating organizational change initiatives. She has initiated and managed social change projects as well as facilitating negotiation of public policy and natural resource management plans.