Monthly Archives: June 2010

doing good and doing well (civic engagement and happiness)

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0(On a northbound Amtrak train in Connecticut) I spent today at Wagner College on Staten Island, NY with knowledgeable colleagues from around the country. We were discussing the “psychosocial” effects of civic engagement. The idea is that … Continue reading

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the Russian spies, and me

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0(On the Acela train south of Boston) If yesterday’s federal charges are correct, Russia decided to place 11 people in middle class American lives so that they could gradually “develop ties in policymaking circles.” Their ultimate prize … Continue reading

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Our Budget, Our Economy National Town Meeting

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0The main event of AmericaSPEAKS: OurBudget, Our Economy took place on Saturday. In video-linked meetings across the United States, some 3,500 diverse people deliberated about the federal budget and selected these recommendations: Raise the limit on taxable … Continue reading

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Public Conversations Project

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0Yesterday I met with board members of Public Conversations Project, an organization that brings people together to talk when they have reached an angry impasse over some matter of public or political concern. A great example is … Continue reading

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government of the people needs a rebirth

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0I’m turning the mike over to Harry Boyte for today. Here’s his latest op-ed: Neither ‘nurturing mother’ nor ‘alien force,’ government of the people needs a rebirth By Harry C. Boyte St. Paul Pioneer Press June 24, … Continue reading

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Civic Studies, Civic Practices Conference

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0July 23, 10 am through July 24, 4 pm Jonathan M. Tisch College of Citizenship and Public Service, Tufts University Register Now Please join us for this two day gathering of educators and activists to explore the … Continue reading

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the European Charter of Rights on Active Citizenship

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0The “Charter” is an effort “to develop the concept of ‘Civic Participation’, which is mentioned in the European Constitution (art. 47 and art. 72, second part), but then not explained.” It is a draft for public debate. … Continue reading

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the public interest and why it matters

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0Special interests have overwhelmed the public interest–to the detriment of justice. I believe that proposition, but it’s important to acknowledge several valid points in favor of special interests. They arise whenever people are free; and therefore to … Continue reading

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labor action update

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0(At Roger William’s own First Baptist Church in Providence, RI) I owe an update on the situation that I reported yesterday. I am attending the American Democracy Project meeting, which is taking place in the Westin Hotel … Continue reading

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in a labor dispute

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0Many friends and I are converging on Providence, RI for the annual American Democracy Project conference. It is in the Westin Hotel, which is subject to a union boycott. Unite Here called a boycott when the hotel … Continue reading

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