Monthly Archives: November 2008

Happy Thanksgiving

(Madison, WI): I am swearing off this blog for Thanksgiving Day and the day after, as I have every year since 2003. I am thankful for many things, including the opportunity to write on this space. Back on Monday. Bookmark … Continue reading

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citizens in the economic recovery plan

On Monday, I made a general argument for putting citizens to work (as citizens) on public problems. I had previously argued that this approach would change the relationship between citizens and government from the dysfunctional relationship under George W. Bush … Continue reading

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mapping Boston’s civil society

We’re busy mapping Boston. Students place nodes that represent people, ideas, or organizations on a blank plane. Each node stores data, such as contact information, goals, activities, and geographical locations. Connections among nodes represent real collaborations. The data can be … Continue reading

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work, not service

Candidate Barack Obama, July 2: “I will ask for your service and your active citizenship when I am President of the United States. This will not be a call issued in one speech or one program—this will be a central … Continue reading

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losing one’s past

“The cradle rocks above an abyss, and common sense tells us that our existence is but a brief crack of light between two eternities of darkness. Although the two are identical twins, man, as a rule, views the prenatal abyss … Continue reading

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how to keep them engaged

I am pleased that this year’s election has prompted a lot of thinking about how to keep young people engaged. “Beyond the Vote” was the theme of the National Conference on Citizenship. There have been good news articles on the … Continue reading

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summing up CIRCLE

(Des Moines) After meetings this morning, I’ll be on airplanes almost all day. No time to post anything substantive, but there’s a nice feature article about CIRCLE on the Tufts University home page right now. Bookmark on Delicious Digg this … Continue reading

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service learning shrinks

(Des Moines, IA) I’m here to talk to teachers, students, and nonprofit leaders about service-learning: the intentional combination of community service with academic work. This is a big deal–24% of schools offer it. But the prevalence has declined, according to … Continue reading

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a moment for inclusion

Wherever I go these days (the State Capitol of Texas, a restaurant in Boston’s Chinatown, and many points in between), people are telling moving stories about the reaction to the election. For instance: Three hundred people were still lined up … Continue reading

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the Stoics were right

(Austin, TX) Last night, in Worcester, Mass., I heard Michael Dukakis speak at Clark University. He was very funny and had a whole ordinary-old-guy-who-once-lost-a-presidential-election schtick going. “Folks, I owe you an apology. If I had beaten Old Man Bush, you’da … Continue reading

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