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Civic Engagement

A Pessimistic Generation

Alex Wirth | Posted 07.01.2013 | Politics
Alex Wirth

It begs the question: What is causing young people to be more pessimistic about the power of their vote? And not only that, but why are the politically engaged even more pessimistic?

Practical Tips for Cities Looking to Innovate with Open311

Lily Liu | Posted 06.30.2013 | Impact
Lily Liu

Here are five ways that local governments looking to take advantage of Open311 can strike a balance between innovation and pragmatism.

Service-Learning Helps Students Tackle World's Tough Issues

The University of Central Florida Forum | Posted 06.17.2013 | College
The University of Central Florida Forum

Service-learning is successful if civic engagement becomes a way of life for our college students, both before and after graduation.

Young People Are Voting. Why Do Politicians Want to Stop Them?

Joy Lawson | Posted 06.09.2013 | Politics
Joy Lawson

Rising civic participation among young voters should be greeted with the same bipartisan joy with which the 26th Amendment passed. But instead, it's been met with the opposite: a barrage of state-level laws meant to make it harder for young people to vote.

Alternative Spring Break Gives CPS Students Voice Through Community Service

Shawn Healy | Posted 06.08.2013 | Chicago
Shawn Healy

Student voice has been largely absent from the debates of the last year centering on teacher contracts and school closings.

Engagement Can Save Journalism

Daniel Moulthrop | Posted 06.05.2013 | Media
Daniel Moulthrop

People in Denver are deeply worried about the future of journalism. This week, a couple thousand media thinkers and optimistic reformers are gathering...

The Meme-ification of Civic Engagement

Rachel Tardiff | Posted 05.29.2013 | Politics
Rachel Tardiff

I'm convinced that the outpouring of political activity on social networks -- especially around hot-button social issues like marriage equality -- is a frustrated attempt to engage by a generation of people unsure of how else to make change.

Hillary Clinton's Public Diplomacy Legacy

Philip Seib | Posted 04.14.2013 | Politics
Philip Seib

Given his service as chair of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Kerry is presumably familiar with the challenges and opportunities of public diplomacy. The question is, what priority will he assign to it, in terms of his personal emphasis and the department's allocation of resources?

Improving Millennials' Civic Health -- and the Country's

Michael Hais and Morley Winograd | Posted 04.10.2013 | College
Michael Hais and Morley Winograd

A recent report on the state of Millennials' civic participation indicates that the generation's interest in taking part in political activities is constrained by the underlying skepticism of many Millennials about the transparency and fairness of the country's current political system.

Civic Engagement 101: Your Go-to Guide

Rand Strauss | Posted 04.10.2013 | Politics
Rand Strauss

Civic engagement takes many forms, and it's important to assess which strategies are best for your cause. Here are a few steps to get started on the path to being an engaged citizen.

Strengthening the Middle Class in Emerging Democracies

Fron Nahzi | Posted 04.02.2013 | Impact
Fron Nahzi

The international aid community responds to familiar challenges, as they have for the past 20 years, with the same programs combining trainings and grants. One reason these programs have not yielded the intended results is that they have overlooked the importance of education.

Take Civic Action With Declare Detroit in 2013

Bradford Frost | Posted 03.31.2013 | Detroit
Bradford Frost

Before I sound preachy, allow me just to say this: your power is your ability to act. You can decide to engage, mobilize, and commit to making Detroit's public square more accountable. And, in 2013, Detroit needs your civic action more than ever.

Civic Engagement and the College Campus

Domenick Scudera | Posted 03.30.2013 | Gay Voices
Domenick Scudera

I was well into my 40's before I started to realize this. I am amazed that these young people are so grounded and insightful at such a young age. Their words are inspiring to me.

In Troubled Times, a Democratic Revival

Scott J. Peters | Posted 03.25.2013 | College
Scott J. Peters

The Dream Freedom Revival's performance is one example of what Imagining America is all about: catalyzing and organizing a revival in American higher education that emboldens scholars and students to join with others in their communities to do the public work of democracy.

Are You Losing Your Edge As You Get Older?

Allison Hope | Posted 03.18.2013 | Gay Voices
Allison Hope

I've traded in the Dyke March for Dyke Sitting on the Couch. Have I allowed myself to lose my edge, or did it happen naturally? Have the shifting political tides and subsequent progress in favor of equality quieted activist voices, or has activism itself shifted to a different, digital presence?

Post-Sandy New York: A Model for Collaboration in Problem Solving

Will Friedman, Ph.D | Posted 03.09.2013 | New York
Will Friedman, Ph.D

As the city shapes its future post-Sandy, can it also become a role model for how a community of leaders and citizens can work together to solve complex and potentially volatile public problems?

Future City Tactical -- 12 Musings From Detroit 2012

Jason Lorimer | Posted 03.06.2013 | Impact
Jason Lorimer

Why do so many communities fail to grow in good economic times and remain durable in downturns? What are the gaps between our immediate surroundings and our ability to significantly affect them for the better?

Make Civic Engagement a Priority in the New Year

Ralph Nader | Posted 02.27.2013 | Politics
Ralph Nader

Many people view the New Year as a time for resolutions -- losing weight, exercising more, staying in better touch with friends, taking up a new hobby. Here's something you don't often hear of when considering New Year's resolutions -- devoting more time to civic life.

Adam Lanza's Grip on Reality: A Civic Perspective

Peter Alexander Meyers | Posted 02.26.2013 | Politics
Peter Alexander Meyers

Out of, it seems, nowhere, we are having right now a new national discussion about guns, mental health, and violence because through a terrible act Adam Lanza brought his denial of reality back into our reality with a vengeance.

Engaged Individuals Can Help Solve Environmental Challenges

Cornelius B. Murphy, Jr., Ph.D. | Posted 02.17.2013 | College
Cornelius B. Murphy, Jr., Ph.D.

Humans -- you and I and the rest of the world's seven billion people -- possess the means to reign in the degradation of the environment. Nature cannot defend itself against the damage that society creates. It is up to us to chart a wiser path.

Six U.S. Senators Call for Creation of a Presidential Youth Council

Alex Wirth | Posted 02.05.2013 | College
Alex Wirth

We are on the doorstep of a new era in politics -- one where young people matter. This week six U.S. Senators from both sides of the aisle introduced Senate Resolution 608 supporting the establishment of a Presidential Youth Council.

The Education Gap In Youth Civic Engagement

Youth Radio -- Youth Media International | Posted 01.28.2013 | College
Youth Radio -- Youth Media International

By: Robyn Gee In the 2012 presidential election, young people with college experience were much more likely to vote, than young people without colleg...

President Obama's Next Four Years

Janet Ritz | Posted 01.16.2013 | Politics
Janet Ritz

Lost in the election's afterglow for Democrats and deep funk of Republicans is the hard work to be done and how the president's success -- which, by definition, is the country's success -- depends on how many of us will have the president's back for the next four years.

The 'Agonizing Spasms' of Election Day

William E. White | Posted 01.14.2013 | Education
William E. White

Effective citizens are sophisticated consumers of information. They ask hard questions about the issues facing their community, state, and nation. All of these behaviors are learned, not innate.

Tennessee Muslims Instrumental In Getting The Vote Out

Common Ground News Service | Posted 01.07.2013 | Religion
Common Ground News Service

I am in awe at how motivated and determined Muslim communities are to make an informed decision during this political season. Voting, in our community, is an opportunity to improve the future, a future in which Muslims will be seen as an intricate part of the American fabric.