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Tom Spengler is the CEO and co-founder of Granicus, an award-winning cloud applications provider for government transparency, efficiency, and citizen participation. Connect with Tom and the Granicus team on Twitter and LinkedIn.

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Civic Engagement: Why Millennials Have Outpaced Seniors

(0) Comments | Posted June 13, 2014 | 12:34 PM

Between the years of 1978 and 2000, approximately 95 million Americans were born, and the largest generation to date was formed -- the generation better known as the Millennials.

There has been much written about this generation, and rightfully so. Largely responsible for being the catalysts of pushing...

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Can The iPad Fix The Legislative Process?

(0) Comments | Posted October 7, 2013 | 1:48 PM

In the age of Google and all things Big Tech, consumers have embraced mobile devices in a major way. They're using new technologies to communicate, find information, share links, discuss community issues, and organize for volunteer efforts. Although mobile devices are poised to pave a new era in the realm...

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5 Ways to Hold Political Representatives Accountable

(1) Comments | Posted September 20, 2013 | 6:23 PM

Many citizens would assume that holding politicians accountable for their actions isn't too difficult in a representative democracy that values civic engagement. But in America today, we're faced with a political process often more catered to moneyed interests than the will of the people. This has lead many Americans to...

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How to Get Your Voice Heard During the Congressional Recess

(0) Comments | Posted September 6, 2013 | 11:24 AM

When is the last time you reached out to, or were contacted by, your local, state, or federal political representatives? Can you even remember a recent time when this has happened?

If the answer is no, it may be time to get moving during the August congressional recess. This...

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The Ultimate Guide to Civic Engagement

(2) Comments | Posted August 21, 2013 | 3:42 PM

We all like to believe we live our lives in a way that's socially-conscious and politically-aware -- after all, we cast our vote for a new president once every four years. But we forget that democracy means more than just voting. Civic engagement is the crux of any representative government,...

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How to Reduce Local Unemployment by Boosting Civic Engagement

(2) Comments | Posted June 21, 2013 | 3:52 PM

Civic engagement isn't just important for citizens' voices to be heard in politics -- some states have discovered it's also the key for reducing unemployment.

The Christian Science Monitor recently ran a cover story that showed an interesting trend: communities with a dedication to volunteering, mutual aid,...

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