Monthly Archives: October 2013

music and civic engagement (an analysis of private and public goods with intrinsic value)

Facebook8 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 8A colleague recently suggested an analogy between music and civic engagement, emphasizing that both have been transformed by technological/economic changes, and there is no going back to the old days. We used to get music from recording … Continue reading

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Jan Schaffer on the death and rebirth of journalism

Facebook5 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 5(near Tarrytown, NY) If you want to know the latest development in journalism that relate to civic engagement and democracy, Jan Schaffer from the J-Lab is the person to ask. Here (shared with her permission) is her … Continue reading

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the death of an ancient commons?

Facebook23 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 23(Near Tarrytown, NY) The huertas of Valencia, Spain, represent a magnificent example of human cooperation, but I am told they are now doomed. The reasons are endemic to modernity and require serious consideration. Water is a scarce … Continue reading

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notes on Seamus Heaney’s Singing School

Facebook5 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 5(en route to Tarrytown, NY) The son of a Catholic farmer in Ulster, with an education and an extraordinary gift for language, Seamus Heaney knew oppression and he knew art. Oppression came in many forms and layers–the … Continue reading

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talking about talking about controversial issues, on talk radio

Facebook5 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 5This is the audio of my conversation yesterday with John Gambling, a self-described moderate conservative radio host on WOR in New York City. Gambling is concerned about civic education in schools, by which he primarily means teaching … Continue reading

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Making Participation Legal

Facebook13 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 13This is pretty much how “public participation” looks when it takes the form of a meeting with officials at the head of the table defending their policies, and their fellow citizens lining up to speak: The “Parks … Continue reading

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radio discussions of We Are The Ones We Have Been Waiting For

Facebook10 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 10These are scheduled radio interviews on my new book: Thursday, October 24, 2013, 6:40 – 6:50AM New York City live interview on the “John Gambling Show,” WOR-AM Friday, October 25, 2013, 9:00 – 10:00AM Hartford, CT live … Continue reading

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epistemic network analysis and morality: applying David Williamson Shaffer’s methods to ethics

Facebook6 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 6David Williamson Shaffer and his colleagues are developing an influential approach to education and assessment that relies on the notion of “Epistemic Network Analysis.” They posit that a “profession or other socially valued practice” (e.g., engineering) has … Continue reading

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the scholar and his dog

Facebook4 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 4Twelve centuries ago by a long Swiss lake, Pangur Bán hunted and an Irish monk looked. The monk strained for sense from knotty old books; His Celtic cat stared at the rustling rocks. The cat was sharper … Continue reading

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civic education as the long-term solution to poor governance

Facebook5 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 5During the shutdown, Trey Grayson (former Secretary of State, R-Kentucky and current director of Harvard’s Institute of Politics) and I published a piece on civic education in The Hill, the newspaper for Congress and people who work … Continue reading

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