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The Case for Everyday Democracy

May 8 @ 5:00pm-6:30pm


This engaging presentation by Milenko Matanovic is based on his book The Case for Everyday Democracy. Based on his perspective as an artist and immigrant, Milenko offers a unique guide to transforming community meetings into collaborative, productive, and joyous gatherings that bolster the fabric of everyday democracy.This event is an invitation to reimagine our collective approach to community decision-making, problem-solving, and future-building that reflects the best of our collective abilities and aspirations.

Attendees of the talk can expect to gain insightful ideas that can be put to use immediately:

PRACTICAL GUIDANCE: How to turn meetings, especially public ones, into effective, meaningful and positive events.

COLLABORATION PRINCIPLES: Understanding the importance of collaboration across cultural differences, different professions, and all sectors to achieve common goals.

COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT: Strategies for engaging in discovery and courageous conversations that lead to innovative solutions and ‘multiple victories’.

This talk is particularly timely and essential for anyone interested in:

STRENGTHENING DEMOCRACY: Learning about the fundamental role of everyday interactions and decisions in the fabric of democracy.

COMMUNITY BUILDING: Those involved in community projects or interested in enhancing their community’s livability, sustainability, and social vibrancy will find invaluable insights.

INNOVATIVE COLLABORATION: Professionals and students across sectors can learn how to foster collaborative environments that yield creative and impactful outcomes.


Milenko Matanovic is a Slovenian-born artist and community activator, renowned for his work in fostering collaborative change and sustainable community development. With over 35 years of experience, Milenko has dedicated his career to enhancing environmental health, social vibrancy, and bringing about meaningful community engagement through art-centric processes. He was the founding director of the Pomegranate Center in Seattle, WA, a hub for nurturing communities to engage in meaningful and collaborative change. Milenko’s expertise spans participatory planning, creative placemaking, and facilitating workshops that guide communities and leaders toward shared visions for a sustainable way forward.

For more on Milenko’s work, visit MilenkoM.com and Milenko-art.com


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