Monthly Archives: August 2010

what happened to the new Obama voters?

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0Project Vote is pushing an important line of argument. They say that our policy debate is distorted because the media is fascinated with the Tea Partiers (“Who are they? What do they want? Will they affect elections?”) … Continue reading

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Where Harvard Meets the Homeless

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0Scott Seider has published a new book entitled Shelter: Where Harvard Meets the Homeless. It’s about a homeless shelter that is entirely managed and staffed by Harvard students. Most of our work at CIRCLE concerns the civic … Continue reading

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on vacation until August 30

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0And I’m trying to stay offline until then. We are on Martha’s Vineyard, about which I posted last year.

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what is corruption?

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0I’m about to write a chapter that hinges on the thesis that American politics is corrupt. Most Americans would agree, although their reasons and solutions vary (and, as shown by Transparency International’s map, people feel worse about … Continue reading

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the best colleges for service-learning

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0US News & World Report has a list of the 30 best colleges for service learning. (It explains that “volunteering in the community is an instructional strategy [in which] service relates to what happens in class and … Continue reading

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where is the wisdom we have lost in information?

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0(Aspen, CO) Thanks to a reference by Richard Adler, I see that all the words ever spoken by human beings took 5 exabytes of data. In 2010 alone, we will produce about 750 exabytes. In 2011, we … Continue reading

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the unbundling of everything

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0(Aspen, CO) There has been much talk at the FOCAS conference about the “un-bundling” of news products. You used to get one newspaper that “bundled” together international and local news, serious issues and fluff, editorials, letters, comics, … Continue reading

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forum on communications and society

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0(Aspen, CO) I am here for a conference called FOCAS: Forum on Communications and Society. The topic is how to implement the recommendations of the Knight Commission on the Information Needs of Communities. The Knight Foundation was … Continue reading

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you know you’re in Germany because the roofs are all covered with solar panels

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0Last week, driving around Alpine Europe, we crossed the borders of Germany, Austria, Liechtenstein, Switzerland, and Italy, sometimes more than once. Nowadays, the border guards are gone, and even the roadside signs marking borders are very modest, … Continue reading

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what is the best participatory process in the world?

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0The Bertelsmann Foundation–the largest foundation in Europe, I believe–will give its Reinhard Mohn Prize in 2011 to the best project anywhere in the world that “vitalizes democracy through participation.” I am serving on an advisory board for … Continue reading

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