Monthly Archives: October 2003

organizing for civic ed

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0I was in New York City today, trying to help raise foundation money for a campaign to implement the recommendations of the Civic Mission of Schools report. (The last sentence contains far too many prepositions, but I’m … Continue reading

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Democrats’ problem is not how they play the game

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0En route from Colorado to DC: I frequently talk to progressives who claim that Republicans and conservatives play the political game more skillfully (and roughly) than Democrats and liberals, which explains the success of the Right. Democrats … Continue reading

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developmental psychology

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0Colorado Springs, CO: I’m at a conference of developmental psychologists, talking about service-learning. To repeat a definition used below, “service-learning” is some combination of community service with academic work on the same subject. Almost half of American … Continue reading

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justice-oriented citizens

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0I’m in the air, en route to Colorado Springs for a conference on service-learning and cognitive science. I’ll explain what that means once I’ve participating in some sessions and understand the topic better. Yesterday, I spoke at … Continue reading

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the Amish and freedom

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0We’re just back from a family weekend in Lancaster, PA–Amish country. It’s dispiriting to watch real Amish people walk or trot in waggons past huge Amish-themed tourist attractions. (One store is actually called “Amish Stuff Inc.”) Extreme … Continue reading

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a true public intellectual

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0In recent entries, I considered what might define a “public intellectual.” (I’m being interviewed on that topic for an article.) I then spent the last three days in the company of the Harvard political scientist Jane Mansbridge. … Continue reading

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competing forms of deliberation

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0We are now two days into the “Researcher & Practitoner” meeting that I described yesterday. We tried to get consensus (among 40 people) on a set of factual statements about public deliberation that we could post on … Continue reading

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call for papers

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0I’m on my way to the National 4-H Center for a meeting organized by the Deliberative Democracy Consortium. We’re calling it a “Research & Practitioner Meeting,” because it combines leading scholars who study public deliberation with practitioners … Continue reading

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the capabilities approach

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0I was just refreshing my memory about the “capabilities approach” pioneered by Amartya Sen, Martha Nussbaum, and others. (I have been asked to comment on a paper about “positive youth development,” and I thought that Sen’s ideas … Continue reading

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hard-headed research on service-learning

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0I am going to give a plenary address to the annual Service-Learning Research Conference in a few weeks. (“Service-learning” means a combination of community service with academic work on the same topic: a common approach today.) I’m … Continue reading

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