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Beware the Confidence Man

Christopher Holshek | Posted 12.11.2012 | Media
Christopher Holshek

In a fun way, we can teach ourselves and our kids to become better political consumers than we have been, because our world now demands it and we can no longer afford our ignorance.

National Ignorance

William E. White | Posted 12.09.2012 | Education
William E. White

American ideas are important, an essential element for charting our future. Unfortunately, we may be losing our ability to discern quality debate.

Students, Universities Must Engage With the World, Then Change It

Dr. William J. Carroll | Posted 12.05.2012 | College
Dr. William J. Carroll

Our young people are called to change the world. How can you change the world without engaging the world? To engage the world, we must prepare students for what they will encounter outside the safety net of the university.

War, Vets and Moral Injury

Robert Koehler | Posted 12.04.2012 | Politics
Robert Koehler

A new way of thinking about the inner wounds of soldiers and vets is emerging. In war, some -- perhaps most, perhaps all -- participants suffer from moral injury, a transgression of deep belief in how to treat others.

Teach Responsibility -- Teach History

William E. White | Posted 11.26.2012 | Education
William E. White

Where are the lessons of responsible citizenship? Where is the citizens' manual? Civic responsibility is not innate. It must be learned, and so it must be taught.

Taking the President Seriously About Citizenship

Peter Levine | Posted 11.19.2012 | Impact
Peter Levine

Communities with more civic engagement in 2006 suffered less from unemployment during and after the Great Recession, even when other possible explanations were factored in. Nonprofit organizations played an important role.

52 Reasons to Vote For Obama: #19, Responsible Immigration Reform

Bernard Whitman | Posted 11.18.2012 | Politics
Bernard Whitman

Barack Obama is committed to securing our borders and establishing a path to citizenship for those responsible immigrants already in this country. Mitt Romney seems intent on becoming the most anti-immigrant U.S. presidential candidate in modern history.

It's Time for 21st-century Citizenship

Ed Crego, George Muñoz and Frank Islam | Posted 11.17.2012 | Politics
Ed Crego, George Muñoz and Frank Islam

Which vision and version of citizenship is correct? The answer should be both. Early in this 21st century, however, where partisanship has been elevated to the new art of war it appears that neither may be.

Obama's America vs. Romney-Ryan-Rand's America: Citizenship vs. Selfishness

Ian Reifowitz | Posted 11.14.2012 | Politics
Ian Reifowitz

The most important thing the president did in Charlotte was offer a specific definition of what it means to be an American. That definition centered on one word: citizenship.

Your Vision For America

Monique Ruffin | Posted 11.13.2012 | Politics
Monique Ruffin

What do you vision, not just for your children, but for all of the children in America? What is your vision for the future of energy? Do you see a country becoming more reliant on its own energy resources? Do you think that renewable energy sources are being pursued with enough vigor?

The Work of Citizenship

Harry Boyte | Posted 11.12.2012 | College
Harry Boyte

Obama's citizenship has always had another side: gritty, practical work joining self-interest with public impact. Work holds potential to spread citizenship into many activities and many jobs.

It's Election Time in America

Monica Medina | Posted 11.10.2012 | Latino Voices
Monica Medina

A year of campaigning, grandstanding, hand-shaking, politicking, debating, mud-slinging and flag-pin wearing. A year filled with super-PACs, soapboxes, and the good ol' red, white and blue.

The American Dream

Nikki Johnson-Huston, Esq. | Posted 11.10.2012 | Impact
Nikki Johnson-Huston, Esq.

On June 14, I spoke at a naturalization ceremony. In that brief moment, and since, I have been able to reflect on what the oath that was taken by those people from 33 different nations means to me, someone that was lucky enough to be born an American citizen.

Citizen's Book Club: Would Adam Smith Vote Obama?

Lex Paulson | Posted 09.05.2012 | Politics
Lex Paulson

Because nearly all of the economic debate between progressives and conservatives in 2012 -- reenacted ad nauseam in Congress, around water coolers, and on cable TV -- boils down to this question: Is the free market, left to itself, the greatest guarantor of human happiness?

We Built What? The Vanishing Commonwealth

Harry Boyte | Posted 10.29.2012 | Politics
Harry Boyte

In the Republican convention this week, we have a specter of what that might look like. Citizenship and the commonwealth are disappearing like the cat in Alice in Wonderland. It is up to all of us to bring them back.

5 Principles for a 21st-Century Liberalism

Anis Shivani | Posted 10.18.2012 | Politics
Anis Shivani

Twentieth-century liberalism lives on in forms of the social contract that are outmoded for the 21st century's globalized, technological world. Libera...

Philly Citizens Showing the Love

Dan P. Morrison | Posted 10.21.2012 | Impact
Dan P. Morrison

While I am always impressed by how much Bill Gates gives, I am blown away by ordinary citizens that make it their mission to raise a couple thousand dollars to make a community project happen in their neighborhood.

Making Lady Liberty Proud: Keeping Our Promise to America's DREAMers

Rep. Mike Honda | Posted 10.16.2012 | Politics
Rep. Mike Honda

This is a momentous week for immigration reform advocates in Congress. As a nation we are taking a step forward in a collective fight for immigration reform that respects the dignity of immigrant communities and recognizes their contributions to making our country great.

Our System of Governance Is Not Working!

David L. Nevins | Posted 09.16.2012 | Politics
David L. Nevins

The amount of money in politics is a dangerous distortion of how the process is intended to work. We are now at the point where money wins elections, not the vote of the people.

A New Superpower -- An 'Earth Voice' Movement

Duane Elgin | Posted 09.15.2012 | Technology
Duane Elgin

The emergence of social movements such as the Arab Spring and the Occupy movement demonstrates to ordinary citizens that their collective voice can have a powerful impact, particularly when expressed with the maturity and dignity of non-violence.

Weekends Are for Conference Calls -- Right?

Kolleen Bouchane | Posted 09.15.2012 | Impact
Kolleen Bouchane

Once a month, REF 'super activists' from around the U.S. get together and hear from leaders in health, policy and development.

A Day to Dream

Sec. Hilda Solis | Posted 09.02.2012 | Latino Voices
Sec. Hilda Solis

The fact is, the face of the American labor force is changing, and we don't have anyone's talent to spare. As both the U.S. Secretary of Labor and the proud daughter of immigrants, I know that each time the American Dream comes true, our entire nation is the richer for it.

Teacher Bashing

William E. White | Posted 09.02.2012 | Education
William E. White

I am fed up with teacher-bashing. It seems everyone is willing to belittle teachers. But these same critics are not willing to step forward and do the job themselves.

Corporate Responsibility Must Be Integral to Corporate Culture

Stanley S. Litow | Posted 09.01.2012 | Business
Stanley S. Litow

With the potential for sustained prosperity and societal progress within our grasp, corporate responsibility must become an integral part of business strategy.

Outsourcing Citizenship

Terry Newell | Posted 09.01.2012 | Politics
Terry Newell

When we relieve citizens of their obligations to the government and each other and relieve those who govern from needing to consult voters, we weaken citizenship. What we may save in tax dollars today we may lose in democracy tomorrow.