Monthly Archives: December 2009

good tidings

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0We are off to Macon, Georgia for the holiday. I am going to take a break from writing and reading blogs until next week. Meanwhile, today (Tuesday) is the official release date of my latest book, Reforming … Continue reading

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an organizing strategy for civic renewal

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0There is no lobby for the kind of civic reform we need today, which would address both the formal processes of government (things like campaign finance and congressional procedures) and the capacities and organization of citizens. The … Continue reading

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different voices

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0On the Microdemocracy Blog from The Right Question Project, you can read comments by Dominique, a young woman in Philadelphia who is working on her GED and becoming involved in politics and community organizing. Meanwhile, Brett Campo … Continue reading

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what hard looks like

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0Remember on Inauguration Day, when fans of Barack Obama felt admiration for the new president as a person–mixed with a foreboding sense that things would soon become difficult for him? That’s the sense I felt on the … Continue reading

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the Census to measure civic engagement

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0The United States Census is about to begin measuring civic health in its annual Current Population Supplement. Census had already measured voting and volunteering; the additional measures will be added because of a provision in the Edward … Continue reading

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too much information?

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0Roger Bohn and James Short estimate that the average American consumes 100,500 words of written text per day and 34 gigabytes of data (most of which comes in the form of moving images). Their report, entitled How … Continue reading

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we’ve got problems; you’re the solution

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0I’ll be talking today to a bunch of Boston-area high school students who have been part of Generation Citizen, a program that “emphasizes grassroots community building strategies and effective advocacy” by youth. These are some notes toward … Continue reading

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the most enjoyable novel of the 1800s

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0Having just finished Wilkie Collins’ The Moonstone (1868), I want to report that you cannot have any more fun reading a novel from that century. (Which is saying a lot.) It’s a detective story with some initial … Continue reading

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civic engagement of non-college-bound youth

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0I am going to DC very briefly today for the launch of a new paper by Jon Zaff, Jim Youniss, and Cindy Gibson, entitled “An Inequitable Invitation to Citizenship: Non-College-Bound Youth and Civic Engagement.” The paper was … Continue reading

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Winter is icumen in

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0Winter is icumen in, Lhude sing Goddamm, Raineth drop and staineth slop, And how the wind doth ramm! Sing: Goddamm. Skiddeth bus and sloppeth us, An ague hath my ham. Freezeth river, turneth liver, Damm you; Sing: … Continue reading

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