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Civic Engagement

Is Civic Engagement an On-Ramp to the Women's Equality Expressway?

Lynn Yeakel | Posted 07.29.2016 | Women
Lynn Yeakel

Another way to be civically-engaged -- and this is something that we all can and should do -- is to VOTE, in primaries as well as general elections, so our views are represented. Voting also shows appreciation for the courageous suffragists who won that right for our half of the population a century ago.

LBTQ Civic Leaders

K. Sujata | Posted 06.25.2016 | Chicago
K. Sujata

Knowledge is a first step to understanding and understanding can be a step to acceptance. But those are very huge steps and they certainly haven't been taken yet. And until they are, there is much work to be done to serve the LGBTQ community.

Meet the Cunninghams

Wendy Doyle | Posted 06.24.2016 | Women
Wendy Doyle

It's so easy to get caught up working for long-term change that sometimes we forget to stop and look at the differences we're making today. That's why I'd like to stop and take a moment to tell you about a remarkable family of strong women leaders whose involvement in various Women's Foundation programs strengthens and perfectly exemplifies our mission.

The Recipe for a Better Life

OECD | Posted 06.03.2016 | Impact
OECD

Apart from providing fascinating insights, the Better Life Index is a way for policy-makers and policy-shapers to see what citizens want and expect, and where policies to improve people's lives should be focused.

Practical Strategies for Building a Bigger Tent

Sarah Beaulieu | Posted 06.02.2016 | Impact
Sarah Beaulieu

From political gridlock in Washington, D.C. to a fragmented media landscape, more Americans are forming opinions and consuming information from niche sources and polarizing points of view.

Higher Ed and Capitalism: The Best of Frenemies

Kate Blanchard | Posted 05.26.2016 | College
Kate Blanchard

The announcement that the University of North Carolina system is cutting 46 degree programs comes as no real surprise to anyone who has been paying attention to higher education. Higher education has had its heyday, and is now in the midst of a long, slow decline.

Civic Engagement: Matching Students' Wants With Communities' Needs

Richard Guarasci | Posted 05.19.2016 | College
Richard Guarasci

While these are certainly important considerations, their dominant place in the discussion of higher education is far out of proportion to the values and priorities of today's young people.

On the Importance of Civic Education

Chris Dodd | Posted 05.13.2016 | Education
Chris Dodd

Last month, the National Center for Education Statistics revealed that only 23 percent of American eighth graders scored at or above proficiency in civics, and only 18 percent in American history. These numbers are particularly discouraging in the face of the important events that all of us across the country have watched unfold in recent weeks and months.

Will We Ever Get Along Again?

Dr. Peggy Drexler | Posted 05.11.2016 | Politics
Dr. Peggy Drexler

We're living in an age of where the emotional domino effect follows the slogan, "Do unto others first, before they do unto you." Be the bully, lest you be the victim.

Shaping a New Constitution for the Digital Age

Marc Benioff | Posted 05.06.2016 | Business
Marc Benioff

CEOs and other business leaders have to stand up for all of their stakeholders -- employees, customers, partners, shareholders and local communities -- and recognize that they are part of a larger ecosystem. Issues ranging from climate change and global health to food production and education impact every business.

Tomorrow's Leaders Today

Jennifer Kamara | Posted 06.24.2015 | Impact
Jennifer Kamara

One Young World is the preeminent global forum for leaders aged 18-30. The not-for-profit organization hosts an annual Summit with 1,300 delegates from all 196 countries; drawn from businesses, universities, NGOs and other forward thinking organizations.

To Take or Not to Take... an Intern

Luise Meyer | Posted 06.05.2015 | Business
Luise Meyer

The company I work for has a good internship program. Well, I think it is good -- but whether this feeling is shared by the interns, I can't say.

How We're Solving Youth 'Apathy'

Michael Flores | Posted 06.05.2015 | Impact
Michael Flores

While we recognize that this is a complex issue and it's going to take a lot of work to empower youth across the country to be active and participating in our government system, we believe that by giving young people the opportunity to create change on the local level, they will feel more invested in their community and that will translate to how they participate in the political process on every scale.

A Civic Plan to Mobilize Community

K. Sujata | Posted 05.24.2015 | Chicago
K. Sujata

Well, we hear a lot about challenges women face in their economic security, health, safety, education, gender equity. We want to hear your thoughts on these challenges, and more importantly, creative solutions that you and others can advance to support women and girls.

How the White House Is Leading the National Effort On Civic Innovation

Maury Blackman | Posted 05.24.2015 | Technology
Maury Blackman

What if local governments asked their tech talent to give a day or two or a couple of weeks a year to work with local agencies and departments to improve the communities where they live and work?

How Can We Recapture the Spirit of Community Engagement That Built America?

Ben Hecht | Posted 05.17.2015 | Impact
Ben Hecht

There is no better time to bring these approaches to bear, given the fragile state of our democracy. We must realize a shared approach to solving our shared problems that is neither top-down, nor bottom-up.

Why I Love Data

Richard C. Harwood | Posted 04.29.2015 | Impact
Richard C. Harwood

So, by all means, let's use data, let's set goals, and let's figure out what works. And at the same time, let's also re-commit ourselves to be discerning in how we pursue this path.

House of Cards, West Wing and the Millennial Generation

Greg Honan | Posted 04.22.2015 | College
Greg Honan

Millennial dismissal of politics as a means to make change ignores the simple truth that government, unlike the private and non-profit sectors, is the legislative and financial center of power in the United States.

The Real Threat To Democracy

National Council of La Raza | Posted 04.15.2015 | Latino Voices
National Council of La Raza

The real threat to democracy is not voter fraud. It is, rather, those who would suppress the votes of millions of U.S. citizens in the name of "preventing" it.

Thank You, Dr. Beverly Scott

Adam Kirk Edgerton | Posted 04.13.2015 | Politics
Adam Kirk Edgerton

Leave Dr. Scott alone, and show up and vote in your local elections if you actually care about fixing the MBTA. The voters have let the state legislature stagnate, and now we are reaping the consequences of our fatal disinterest.

Restoring the Concrete Jungle: How to Address Urban Blight in 2015

Maury Blackman | Posted 04.06.2015 | Technology
Maury Blackman

Technology is helping to make citizen engagement easier to solve urban decay. And many cities are starting to harness innovative civic tech products to begin to repair and rebuild some of the country's most severely affected areas.

100 Great Ideas for the Future of Libraries -- A New Paradigm for Civic Engagement

Rebecca Fishman Lipsey | Posted 03.31.2015 | Impact
Rebecca Fishman Lipsey

Co-authored by Francine Madera, MADERA inc. Access to information has changed dramatically in the past 2,200 years, yet the basic structure and fun...

Democracy's Colleges: An Emerging Alternative

Harry Boyte | Posted 03.28.2015 | College
Harry Boyte

In the changing landscape of work and higher education there are signs of an emerging alternative to Ivory Tower detachment or scrambles to adapt.

How Birth Year Legacies Can Better Our Country

Ralph Nader | Posted 03.11.2015 | Politics
Ralph Nader

These legacies can take the form of significant self-renewing, nonprofit, civic institutions either at the national or regional level. No hidden agendas, no obscure profit motives, no self-aggrandizement; just extending the torch of wisdom, foresight, and imagining brighter futures

Electoral Systems and the Democracy Gap in Southern Europe

André Corrêa d'Almeida | Posted 02.28.2015 | World
André Corrêa d'Almeida

The discrepancy between the U.S. and Europe in what concerns direct democracy is shocking and absurd in this day and age. Current electoral systems in Southern Europe are an assault on the ideal of a modern democracy.