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The Institute for Everyday Democracy


As part of his transition into Executive Director Emeritus, Milenko Matanovic will lead the Institute for Everyday Democracy, housed within Pomegranate Center’s programs.The institute is a place to exchange ideas, participate in discussions, and generate a body of thought about how we participate in our democracy.

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A Note From Our Executive Director: Looking Back on 2016

Pomegranate Center’s expertise is to link places with constructive engagement of their users. Our placemaking focus is on outdoor social spaces, parks designed around community ideas and realized in a “barn-raising” spirit with many hands. We’ve completed over 50 such gathering places, each a classroom where we learned new lessons. Now, these teaching have coalesced into our well-tested Pomegranate Method that we are offering to new partners.

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Year-end Highlight: Highland Park Elementary

“I think that playgrounds should be renamed ‘research environments.’ This is what the children are doing so vigorously. They are not playing. They are finding out how the universe works.” – Buckminster Fuller, architect


In 2016, the Friends of Highland Park Elementary in West Seattle tasked Pomegranate Center to reimagine their asphalt playground into a place of nature, wonder, and exploration. More importantly, we were asked to convene a design process that involved the school’s community and students, recently ranked the second most diverse school of any age level in Washington State.

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Year-end Highlight: New Zealand Trainings

by Shalema Wanden-Hannay, Beacon Pathway Inc., and Kait Heacock

This year’s trainings work took Milenko down the West Coast–from Seattle to Ashland, OR to National City, CA–and all the way to Auckland, New Zealand, where he introduced our method for effective and joyful collaboration and welcomed a new group of trainees into our network of engaged, global citizens.

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Annual Fund Drive

“If we don’t do it right, people turn into cynics rather than participants.”

At a Pomegranate Center training, this is how Founder Milenko Matanovic describes why we need strong, inclusive civic engagement. Now more than ever, Pomegranate needs your investment. At a time when our country is fracturing along party lines, you can help us motivate individuals and communities to stand up and participate, rather than give up.

A donation to the Pomegranate Center will help us to inspire change and bring neighbors together.

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