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Civic Participation

The Juror Voices Project

Andrew Guthrie Ferguson | Posted 08.04.2014 | Politics
Andrew Guthrie Ferguson

Every year millions of Americans are summoned to jury service. Yet, no organized, centralized space exists to collect or share what jurors think about this experience. Juror voices are lost. And, this is a loss for the court system and American democracy.

Golden Opportunity From the Golden State

Hans Johnson | Posted 06.14.2014 | Politics
Hans Johnson

It took cajoling for California to take a healthy step forward to help more people register to vote. It will take a chorus of community voices, now and in the weeks to come, to maximize the grassroots response and maintain the momentum.

How To Give Back And Contribute Your Voice, From Chelsea Clinton (VIDEO)

Posted 03.17.2014 | MarloThomas

When it comes to being a good citizen, Chelsea Clinton, Vice Chair of the Clinton Foundation, believes there are a few key factors that play into the ...

El Hacker Cívico: Civic-Minded Techies Gain Sway with Government in Mexico and Beyond

Theresa Bradley | Posted 01.25.2014 | Technology
Theresa Bradley

That paradox echoes around the globe: While governments may spend heavily on high-tech intelligence and security programs, most are still struggling to update the unwieldy IT systems that run almost everything else.

Enfranchising the Disenfranchised -- A Case for Resident Voting Rights

Luis A. Marentes | Posted 01.25.2014 | Latino Voices
Luis A. Marentes

City and town dwellers have a major interest in the affairs of the communities that surround them. This is particularly the case of those who have become their permanent legal residents, even if they have not earned a national citizenship.

When Hacking Is Actually a Good Thing: The Civic Hacking Movement

Lily Liu | Posted 10.05.2013 | Impact
Lily Liu

With cities like it, including Chicago, San Francisco and other urban pioneers setting the bar high, it is now high time for more cities across the country to ask their best and brightest for new solutions to usher us all into the era of gov 2.0.

Higher Ed's Vital Role in Civic Learning

George Mehaffy | Posted 08.19.2013 | Impact
George Mehaffy

Given the multitude of perplexing challenges that our democracy faces today, it is vitally important -- if not imperative -- that we support colleges and universities in their work to educate future citizens.

People-Powered Politics at the City Level: Searching for True Citizenship

Alessandra Orofino | Posted 07.21.2013 | Impact
Alessandra Orofino

Precisely because of the magnitude of the problems they face, cities are increasingly emerging as the most fertile grounds for creating change. They are the laboratories in which many of the world's most intractable challenges will be solved.

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.

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.

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.

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?

Impact Investment and the App Store

Jason Lorimer | Posted 02.20.2013 | Impact
Jason Lorimer

I believe those investing in the durability of communities can learn from the advent of App Stores. The most cost-efficient and effective solutions will rise up where constraints exists and creativity thrives.

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.

What Is Comprehensive Immigration Reform?

Bill Ong Hing | Posted 01.15.2013 | Politics
Bill Ong Hing

The debate over immigration reform often boils down to a tug-of-war between those who want more enforcement and those who want a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants. But comprehensive reform requires addressing far more than these two issues.

I'm Sorry, Mr. President

Ilana Ross | Posted 12.16.2012 | College
Ilana Ross

Four years later, I feel like I've disappointed the president more than he's disappointed me. I've turned off the news and ignored countless emails from Joe, Michelle, David Plouffe, somebody named Susan at the DNC.

Celebrating America's Newest Citizens

Sayu Bhojwani | Posted 11.20.2012 | Politics
Sayu Bhojwani

On September 17, the U.S. celebrated Citizenship Day, recognizing those who have become U.S. citizens. It is a day that unites all Americans, in commemoration of our immigrant heritage and our commitment to the United States.

Taking the President Seriously About Citizenship

Peter Levine | Posted 11.19.2012 | Impact
Peter Levine

Communities with more civic engagement in 2006 suffered less from unemployment during and after the Great Recession, even when other possible explanations were factored in. Nonprofit organizations played an important role.

Teacher Bashing

William E. White | Posted 09.02.2012 | Education
William E. White

I am fed up with teacher-bashing. It seems everyone is willing to belittle teachers. But these same critics are not willing to step forward and do the job themselves.

The Citizen's Assembly: A Civic Infrastructure for Progressive Social Change

Harold A. McDougall | Posted 08.29.2012 | Politics
Harold A. McDougall

The current generation of protesters must be urged to develop an organizational structure, supple as well as sophisticated, that does not repeat the mistakes of the past.

Becoming Aware of Civic Unawareness

Bob Kerrey | Posted 07.26.2012 | Education
Bob Kerrey

Civic education is vital in preparing students for the responsibilities and obligations of democratic citizenship. But a third of native-born American citizens fail the history and civics exam administered to immigrants who are seeking U.S. citizenship.

Participatory Budgeting Lets Citizens Experiment With Economic Democracy

Michelle Chen | Posted 06.16.2012 | Politics
Michelle Chen

Who'd have thought that voting to add trash cans on the street or renovate public housing could be a democratic milestone?

L.A.'s Redistricting War and the Health of Our Democracy

Madeline Janis | Posted 04.24.2012 | Los Angeles
Madeline Janis

I love the fact that hundreds of people are attending the hearings to express their views on how to best represent the incredible diversity of interests in Los Angeles.

Understanding a Diverse Generation

Peter Levine | Posted 01.23.2012 | College
Peter Levine

No one knows how many young adults will vote in 2012. But we can be virtually certain that college students will vote at twice the rate of their peers who have no college experience.