The Public Square Academy is a non-partisan education organization operating a platform of services and programs which helps individuals and organizations improve our general welfare by raising the level of public dialog, participation, and effectiveness.


The Public Square Academy uses education and communications programs to educate, empower, and engage individuals and organizations. We work to increase understanding and trust between individuals, organizations, and institutions; to raise the caliber of public dialogue and participation. We educate and support independent mentors with our platform of services. These programs are developed and delivered to individuals and organizations as learning communities using online and in-person delivery.


  • Lifelong learners who desire to improve their lives and the lives of their communities.
  • Organizations (public, private, and not-for-profit) that share our vision, mission, and values.
  • Leaders, teachers, program designers, and mentors, who share our organizational values and who wish to offer their knowledge and experience through The Academy.


We promote enlightenment values as foundational for a healthy democracy: reason and law as the primary sources of authority; along with science, humanism, religious tolerance, liberty, freedom, and progress.

Growth Mindset

A growth mindset is a healthy mindset. Education grows minds, builds hearts, and deepens perspectives. Education advances civilization. We nurture open-minded independent thinkers. Diverse views produce better outcomes.


We support those who would raise the level of individual responsibility, honest expression, transparent reporting, and verifiable evidence. We keep our commitments; credibility is our currency.


We strive for balance in views and perspectives, recognizing that nuanced and finely crafted solutions reflect the intelligence of the community and produce the best outcomes.


We work to increase compassion and community as necessary conditions for optimal wellbeing. “Civility means stepping up and owning responsibility for the feelings of others.”


We educate, empower, and engage our participants, supporting self-advocacy, confidence, and mutual respect. Dignity is necessary for health and a fully realized life.


We support the creation of vibrant opportunities for the many. Advance social, civic, and economic participation for all. We value diversity and inclusion.

User Terms and Code of Conduct

In short, Behave Appropriately.

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