At the heart of both Simplicity and Democracy is deliberation. Thoreau said,
"I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately..." This means making conscious choices in terms of the well being of people and the planet. This is at the hear of living simply, and certainly of Democracy. Find ways to create more deliberation in your own life as well as coming together with others to deliberate. To do this, we need to slow down and find time to pursue the things that matter.