The Democracy and Trust Program explores the forms of trust on which modern democratic societies depend and the concomitant crises of trust in our current moment. It supports research and programming that seeks to better understand how trust emerges, how it is sustained, and how it can be strongly constructed where it is weak.
Past Projects and Programs
The Bowling Green Civic Assembly is a pilot process for strengthening the feedback loops between citizens, civic groups, elected leaders, and local media in communities.
The American Assembly is the home of the Open Syllabus Project (OSP), an effort to build the first large-scale online database of university course syllabi as a platform for the development of new research, teaching, and administrative tools.
Shadow Libraries is large-scale comparative research project on the provision of educational materials in higher education, with a focus on how students get the materials they need.
The American Assembly successfully incubated and established an independent working group on Middle Neighborhoods on June 30, 2019. Today, the Middle Neighborhoods project is administered by NACEDA.
The American Assembly successfully incubated the Global Institute on Innovation Districts (GIID) on June 30, 2019 by establishing an independent nonprofit.
The Global Congress is the home of an international network of scholars and activists working on the changing regulatory and policy environment around knowledge and information.
An effort to better understand how the ‘Notice and Takedown’ process mediates conflicts between Internet users, rights holders, and online service providers. An empirical study of the issue was published in March 2016.
The first independent, large-scale study of music, film and software piracy in emerging economies, with a focus on Brazil, India, Russia, South Africa, Mexico and Bolivia.
Influence Mapping is an effort to take the next step in making mapping a more powerful collaborative enterprise. The project’s focus is standards development and the improvement of sharable toolsets.
The Assembly contributed to work on modernizing systems of taxation in the era of global business and transnational financial flows.