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Oregon’s Kitchen Table helps to connect elected officials and the public in Oregon in joint projects at nearly every scale (state, regional, local, and even individual) through public consultations, in-person events, civic crowdfunding, and Oregonian-to-Oregonian micro-lending. It was created in 2010 by a group of non-profit organisations and former officials. The aims of the projects are: (1) to create simple, easy-to-use platforms (online and in person) for state-wide public engagement; (2) to promote in-depth public engagement with the tough trade-offs and challenges decision makers confront in governing our state; (3) to provide leaders with high-quality feedback on issues that matter to Oregonians; (4) to increase Oregonians’ interest in participating in local, regional, and state-wide decision making; (5) to empower citizens and decision-makers to communicate and work together in a fact-based, civil, and creative way.