Transforming Communities with the Power of Every Voice.
Who We Are:
The Every Voice Engaged Foundation is a 501(c)3 nonprofit that helps citizens, governments and nonprofit organizations solve problems that benefit from effective civic engagement. We target issues that are complex, divisive and multifaceted, bringing ordinary citizens into the conversation with governments, nonprofits and industry to solve challenging issues such as municipal budgeting, community redevelopment and urban planning and natural resource planning.
What We Do:
We develop a series of collaboration software and even board games to engage large groups of people and help them build empathy for each another, reach common goals and build a set of priorities. Our collaborative gaming events, or "Day of Plays," have been delivered thousands of times from corporations to local neighborhood associations by more than 1000 trained facilitators. We can even train your team members to become facilitators!
How We Do It:
The games work particularly well for resource-prioritization and allocation decisions involving diverse groups of stakeholders such as participatory budgeting. We make it fun, drawing on the same elements of game mechanics and gamification that attract and keep people coming back to games of all types. Each game results in defined deliverables that include action plans that pave the way for future collaboration.
Our Solutions Have Helped 100s of Organizations to:
Plan and produce Participatory Budgeting events that enable residents to collaboratively prioritize spending initiatives.
Activate resources through engagement and making sure that all voices are heard.
Enable difficult conversations, both internally and with constituents.
Produce actionable insights not available from surveys or focus groups.
Resolve competing priorities and get “unstuck” using proven tools and processes.
Create virtuous cycles of success so that even tougher challenges can be tackled confidently.
Typical Groups Include:
Cities & towns
Neighborhood and homeowners associations
Arts groups boards of directors