Susan Clark

Susan Clark is a writer and educator focusing on community sustainability and engagement. She is coauthor of Slow Democracy: Rediscovering Community, Bringing Decision Making Back Home and All Those In Favor, a book about New England town meetings. Susan consults and leads trainings with local leaders and community groups on how to build inclusive, deliberative, empowered public participation. Her career has included serving as the communications director of an environmental advocacy group, coordinating a rural grants program, and directing a sustainable community activists’ network. She serves as town meeting moderator in her Vermont town. Her work can be found at

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Democracy Rising 22: Deliberation and the Promise of Place

The good news is that when place-based wisdom informs local solutions, the solutions are all the more sustainable.

June 27, 2022

Governor Haley signs legislation

Democracy Rising 8: Deliberative Democracy — Power

Power, inclusion, and deliberation work together—slowly but surely—to yield stronger, more resilient communities.

January 24, 2022

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Democracy Rising 7: Deliberative Democracy — Deliberation

People are yearning for authentic engagement. Although deliberation is hard work, it leads to much-needed rewards.

January 12, 2022


Democracy Rising 6: Deliberative Democracy — Inclusion

Democracy is a “we,” not a “they.” Especially at the local level, inclusion does not simply mean everyone is “represented,” it means offering authentic opportunities for people to be involved individually and personally.

January 5, 2022