Civic Engagement

"People love to watch the car crash" of divisive politics. But Project Divided co-founders Casey Moore and Marley Duchovnay also believe most Americans want similar things and cannot be easily categorized by political labels.
Project Divided

The co-founders of a nonprofit encouraging civil conversation across political divides spent several months in Smithville, Texas to put some of their online work into practice in the community. They say their thinking has shifted about how to help a polarized electorate come together.

Marley Duchovnay and Casey Moore are from the East Coast. They chose Smithville, Texas, as the home for Project Divided to move outside their comfort zones, just as they encourage people to do in converstions with those holding different political views.
Martin do Nascimento / KUT

When two 2019 college grads from the East Coast noticed a lack of important — and civil — conversations about critical issues, they decided to help make those conversations happen. And what better place to do that, they figured, than Texas.

Julia Reihs / KUT

Residents in the Greater Austin area ranked high in voter turnout and knowledge of key issues, but have lent less of a helping hand, according to the 2018 Greater Austin Civic Health Index.