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Democracy and Civic Studies

Harry Boyte | Posted 03.23.2017 | Politics
Harry Boyte

Civic Studies also includes other traditions of theory and practice such as critical theory, community organizing, popular education, and interpretative social science, which recognizes the importance of different kinds of knowledge and different ways of knowing, not simply scientific or academic knowledge.

Martin Olav Sabo and the Spirit of Democracy

Harry Boyte | Posted 03.22.2017 | Politics
Harry Boyte

Martin Olav Sabo, who served as a Democratic Congressman from Minnesota for 28 years and became chairman of the powerful House Budget Committee, died on March 8, from respiratory ailments.

Fighting Autocracy with Democracy

Harry Boyte | Posted 03.12.2017 | Education
Harry Boyte

We need to name and advance resources for democracy these days. Deborah Meier, in our blog conversation in Education Week about democracy in schools (...

Hal Saunders - Tribute to Democracy Giant

Harry Boyte | Posted 03.10.2017 | Good News
Harry Boyte

Hal Saunders died on March 6, after a struggle with cancer. I first met Hal in 1989, when he asked me to participate in a third task force, on civil...

Universities, Public Spaces and the Democratic Way of Life

Harry Boyte | Posted 05.30.2015 | College
Harry Boyte

Public spaces allow for expressions of higher education's best democratic values -- free exchange of ideas, thoughtful discussion, appeal to evidence and respect for different perspectives. Such spaces can engage people's private interests and identities.

The Best Time to Slow Down Is When You're in a Rush

Jo Laird | Posted 07.15.2014 | Healthy Living
Jo Laird

Life is much easier when I'm starting projects ahead of time and working carefully, so revisions are few and little time is wasted. But when it doesn't work out that way, I have learned that when I'm stressed and in a rush, the best thing to do is slow down, make a plan and get it done.

Reflections on Elections

Jeffrey Abelson | Posted 01.12.2013 | Politics
Jeffrey Abelson

We feel stymied, frustrated that there's no truly effective way to have our say in the political decision-making process that affects all our lives. And we're wrong.

Crowdsourcing for the Common Good

Jeffrey Abelson | Posted 09.18.2011 | Politics
Jeffrey Abelson

What if there were a way to neuter ideological extremists, and zero out the oversized influence of lobbyists and big money and all the corruption that follows? And do it pretty damn quick.

Whose Voice Matters Most?

Jeffrey Abelson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jeffrey Abelson

There seems to lurk a sense among progressives that The People can't be trusted to think for themselves about the priorities of our national budget, or the direction of our country.