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Civic Engagement

We Need To Expand Our Definition Of Civic Engagement

Yareliz Elena Mendez-Zamora | Posted 03.30.2017 | Latino Voices
Yareliz Elena Mendez-Zamora

I learned about civic engagement when I was in the 7th grade, and the only things that I remember are the presidents and the importance of voting. How...

If Sunday Is For Church, This Group Wants Saturdays For Activism

The Huffington Post | Sarah Grossman | Posted 03.21.2017 | Impact

At a time of political unrest, one group is hoping to rekindle people’s faith in the power they hold as ordinary citizens. Through a new event serie...

Citizens Getting Justice Done

Ralph Nader | Posted 02.07.2017 | Politics
Ralph Nader

Far from the corrosive political circus unfolding in Washington, DC, local citizen groups are improving conditions for the people in their own backyar...

Why the Higher Ed Community Service Honor Roll Recognition Matters

David Steele-Figueredo | Posted 02.07.2017 | College
David Steele-Figueredo

With higher education increasingly viewed as the runway to the job market, certain disciplines and endeavors seem poised to be downgraded in favor of ...

2017 Presidential Inauguration

Helen Drinan | Posted 01.20.2017 | Politics
Helen Drinan

I write on Inauguration Day in the United States of America, a national occasion on which we, the citizenry, watch the peaceful transfer of power to l...

Common Ground, Fractured America

Javier Saade | Posted 01.05.2017 | Politics
Javier Saade

If you have not read JD Vance's "Hillbilly Elegy", you should, full stop. It's a riveting and powerful account of growing up and getting out of a dee...

The Renewal of Civic Leadership

John M. Eger | Posted 12.02.2016 | Impact
John M. Eger

Civic Leadership is more than it has ever been in our lifetime. This new thinking about civic leadership is at the forefront of Ashoka U's mission n...

Civic panel - how to engage the unengaged

Pawel Adamowicz | Posted 11.17.2016 | World
Pawel Adamowicz

It resembles a jury in a US court. The civic panel, a social innovation in a public consultation process, is Gdansk's new initiative for boosting enga...

Post Trump Win: A Silver Lining For Millennials

Sophie Roth-Douquet | Posted 11.11.2016 | Teen
Sophie Roth-Douquet

The morning after the election I leaned my head against the window of the school bus wearing an over-sized jumper and listening to Bridge Over Trouble...

Why Veterans Could Be The Key To This Election

Robert L. Gordon III | Posted 11.07.2016 | Impact
Robert L. Gordon III

As a 26-year Army veteran and a former Pentagon official who oversaw the military community and worked closely with the U.S. Department of Veterans Af...

The Most Important Reason For You To Vote This Election Has Nothing To Do With Clinton Or Trump

Andy Manatos | Posted 11.04.2016 | Politics
Andy Manatos

For decades, our collective confidence in the strength of our democracy has enabled us to shrug off our consistently dismal voter turnout, among the lowest in the developed world.

Millennials Paving The Way: 2016 Presidential Election Mindset

Yasamin Beitollahi | Posted 10.20.2016 | Politics
Yasamin Beitollahi

This is the eighth post in my series, Millennials Paving The Way, highlighting today's brightest Millennials who are empowering future generations to ...

Engaging Students in Politics and World Issues Means a Brighter Future

Anne E. Huot | Posted 09.30.2016 | Education
Anne E. Huot

As we approach another U.S. presidential election, and many state and local elections, I keep thinking about the immense responsibility that is shouldered by the faculty and staff of Keene State College, and the many higher education institutions across the country, to further instill in our students the importance of active participation in our political process and issues that affect our world and lives every day.

24 Hours Writing Questions For The Presidential Debates: A Look Inside College Debate 16

Andrew Plotch | Posted 09.30.2016 | College
Andrew Plotch

College Debate 16, organized by Dominican University of California, is working to focus on the issues that millennials care most about. Students representing every state discussed the questions America's biggest voting block, our generation, wants answered--and that was a responsibility we all felt.

This Is What Happens When The White House Brings Tech And Creativity Together

Craig Newmark | Posted 09.30.2016 | Technology
Craig Newmark

Folks, big news: the White House is hosting a South by South Lawn (SXSL) event on Monday, October 3rd. This is about civic engagement and accessibility, which is more important than ever. The deal is, the Craig Newmark Foundation is a partner in the SXSL event on the White House lawn.

Are The People Ready For Democracy?

Ralph Nader | Posted 09.26.2016 | Politics
Ralph Nader

It has been said that democracy is not a spectator sport. By definition it must be a participatory duty that we impose on ourselves. Apart from jury duty, too easily avoided, there are no obligatory duties in our constitution. So it is up to us to determine how civically engaged we are going to be to improve our community and country.

Where Are The Leaders?

William E. White | Posted 09.21.2016 | Politics
William E. White

Look at the current political mess. Where are the leaders? "We the People" need inspiration, but there is a dearth of leadership. Across the political spectrum--local, state, and national politics--selfishness, denegation, dishonesty, and partisanship are the rule.

See The Super Bowl Of Civic Action For The People

Ralph Nader | Posted 09.20.2016 | Politics
Ralph Nader

Whether you see yourself as a dissatisfied voter, a civically-minded teacher, a curious student, a fed up consumer, a dismayed taxpayer, or if you are looking for ways to make your community better, you'll come away with knowledge, tools for action and connections with others who want to make a difference.

Preventing Violent Extremism 15 Years After 9/11

Benjamin Orbach | Posted 09.08.2016 | Impact
Benjamin Orbach

In the months after the 9/11 attacks, most Americans felt that the threats we faced from terrorists were limitless. Anything seemed possible if al-Qaeda militants could enter our country, learn to fly airplanes, and then crash commercial flights into the World Trade Center and Pentagon.

President Obama: Will You Speak To The Civic Community?

Ralph Nader | Posted 09.03.2016 | Politics
Ralph Nader

Nonprofit organizations have millions of dues-paying members throughout the country supporting the fundamental bulwarks and seed corns of our beleaguered democracy.

19 Ways to Celebrate Denver Days with Your Neighbors

Heather Garbo | Posted 07.13.2016 | Denver
Heather Garbo

Did you know that Denver Days are coming up? From July 30 to August 7 Denverites are encouraged to get to know their neighbors better. I love this pro...

Funding Nonprofit Journalism? Be Transparent And Do No Harm

Craig Newmark | Posted 07.12.2016 | Media
Craig Newmark

The American Press Institute, who support a vibrant and democratic free press, recently released some really good work on the ethics of funding of nonprofit journalism, with specific recommendations to come.

Citizen Referendum? I Vote "Needs Review."

Larry Schooler | Posted 07.05.2016 | Politics
Larry Schooler

The use of a referendum in such high-profile ways, however, also suggests that governments must continue to examine and re-examine what it means to engage the public effectively--before a matter reaches the ballot. Are governments enabling those affected by decisions to affect those decisions, without ballots?

Cruz's Crucial Revelation On Women And The Draft

Chris Marvin | Posted 06.21.2016 | Politics
Chris Marvin

Mr. Cruz has given us a lot to think about. Most crucially, we all have a role to play in the way the country manages our military, and we all might benefit from having a bit more at stake.

How Do You Solve a Problem Like 2016?

Micah Conkling | Posted 06.08.2016 | Politics
Micah Conkling

Citizens belonging to a country have a responsibility to be good stewards with the authority they have in civic engagement: this includes the power of individual suffrage. But if that vote cannot be cast in good conscience, it shouldn't be conferred to a candidate at all.