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Civic Engagement

Shaping a New Constitution for the Digital Age

Marc Benioff | Posted 05.06.2015 | 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 04.27.2015 | 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 04.06.2015 | 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 04.05.2015 | 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 03.24.2015 | 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 03.30.2015 | 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 03.17.2015 | 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.

Do High School Students Know the Constitution Bars Justin Bieber from Being President?

Burke E. Strunsky | Posted 02.17.2015 | Politics
Burke E. Strunsky

Is it a bit scary that only one in three Americans can name a single Supreme Court justice, but two-thirds can effortlessly name a judge on the TV show American Idol? Is it downright terrifying that more Americans can name all of the Three Stooges than the three branches of the Federal government?

The Power of Civic Engagement: Opening the Door to Opportunity for American Youth

Russell Krumnow | Posted 02.10.2015 | Impact
Russell Krumnow

Today, 5.6 million teens and young adults ages 16 to 24 throughout the United States are neither in school nor working. They are disconnected from the very paths -- education and career -- that will help to make them productive participants in our society and our economy.

Ferguson: Where Do We Go From Here?

Andrea L. Zopp | Posted 01.29.2015 | Chicago
Andrea L. Zopp

What has happened in Ferguson can either move us forward or push us back. Most of its residents are reasonable, peaceful people who want change. But right now, the fact is whatever happens in Ferguson affects black people everywhere as it relates to this singular issue of deadly police force.

Tragedy in Ferguson: What Will it Take to Move Forward?

Andrew Tarsy | Posted 01.25.2015 | Crime
Andrew Tarsy

The majority population, most of whom pollsters tell us did not believe Officer Wilson committed any crimes, may believe the country can afford to accept things as they are. People of color -- Black men and their families and those who depend on them cannot afford that luxury. They need us to get this right.

Ariel Edwards-Levy

Millennials Really Don't Think Everybody Should Vote

HuffingtonPost.com | Ariel Edwards-Levy | Posted 11.21.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Young Americans aren't just less likely to vote than their older compatriots. They're also less likely to believe that everyone should c...

Losing Democracy's Messengers: The Congressional Page Program

Adam DeAngelis | Posted 01.14.2015 | Education
Adam DeAngelis

In 2003, I had the distinct honor of being a Messenger of Democracy or simply put, a Page. Today, this program has been shut down due to finances.

Renewing Higher Education's Mission of Democracy

Alan D. Solomont | Posted 01.13.2015 | Education
Alan D. Solomont

Let's begin by rekindling a public appreciation for democratic education, and let's make education for democracy central to the function of a 21st century college or university, not just an option for especially enthusiastic students.

Dueling Dollars Diminish American Democracy

Frank Islam | Posted 01.11.2015 | Politics
Frank Islam

The bottom line is that American voter participation in the electoral process has always been a fragile crucible. The influx of big money has put new cracks in that crucible - and if not stopped could shatter it altogether.

My Wife, the Model American Citizen

Christopher Phillips | Posted 01.06.2015 | Politics
Christopher Phillips

To my wife, and surely to most if not all of those giving their oath of citizenship, "civic literacy" of the sort she and all naturalized U.S. citizens have to demonstrate is at the core of setting an American free.