The Platform

Our conversations are hosted on Junto — a video chat platform designed for group discussions and available on phones, tablets, laptops, and desktops.

In small, diverse groups, participants meet and talk with their fellow Americans, learn the facts of an issue and the best arguments from all sides, and share their experiences, concerns, and values. In so doing, they develop more informed opinions.

​Our Partners

DELIBERATIONS.US is a project of Equal Citizens made possible by our partners. This program is nonpartisan and briefing information is approved by balanced, bipartisan advisory boards of experts.

A deliberation on the power of juries in the legal system and the arguments for and against changing it.


Our Deliberations

We craft engaging, fact-based, and politically balanced deliberations on American political issues. These conversations are hosted on a custom video chat platform specially designed for group conversations. Sign up to hear when more deliberations become available.

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To build a democracy that is truly “of the people, by the people, for the people,” we need informed citizens.

That's why DELIBERATIONS.US is beginning nonpartisan, national conversations on American political issues in high schools, universities, and communities across the country.


By engaging Americans in fact-based, balanced deliberations on public policy, we’ll foster informed opinions, reveal common ground, and bring democracy back to the people.

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Beginning National Conversations

Data for Democracy

Then we release these anonymized results to the public.​

If you have any concerns about how your data is used, please don't hesitate to contact us.​ For more information, see our privacy policy.​

We ask participants to complete short surveys before and after they deliberate.


After enough have participated, we aggregate the results for each topic, looking for statistical trends in how opinions change when Americans deliberate:

  • Whether they enjoyed the deliberation

  • Whether they become more informed

  • Whether their views on the policy proposals changed

  • Whether their views of each other improved

  • And whether they found common ground.

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