Collaborative governance, or co-governance, refers to a broad range of practices that elected officials, community leaders, bureaucrats, and organizers are adopting as they figure out how to govern together. Going beyond demands, co-governance represents a willing shift of power and trust among two typically adversarial parties. Instead of representatives and those represented on either side of a line, both see themselves as partners with unique and valuable capacities, working together to build the world we want to live in.
New America, The Forge, and Local Progress are co-hosting an event to examine what is co-governance, examples of on the ground models, and how to connect these local examples to higher models of structural power. The Forge recently published an issue on collaborative governance and New America’s Political Reform program released a report on collaborative governance models.
To accompany this work, we will be co-hosting a virtual event, bringing together advocates, practitioners, and elected officials to discuss best practices for co-governance, help identify promising strategies, and highlight lessons learned from on-the-ground experiences with co-governance in the U.S. It will attempt to move beyond the dichotomy of "inside" and "outside" power, and discuss ways that residents, organizers, and those in government can collaborate and move towards shared decision-making. We will put all of this in the context of the new wave of interest in and need for structural change brought about by the significant events of 2020.
Director, Political Reform Program, New America
Strategy Director, Texas Organizing Project
Jessie Ulibarri, @jessie4CO
Co-Executive Director, State Innovation Exchange
Former Gainesville City Commissioner
Helen Gym, @HelenGymPHL
Philadelphia City Council Member
Hollie Russon Gilman, @hrgilman
Fellow, Political Reform Program, New America
Sarah Johnson, @sarahyjohnson
Executive Director, Local Progress
- New America Political Reform Program's Building the Relationships for Collaborative Governance: Case Studies from Across America
- The Forge's Governing Together