Monthly Archives: November 2003

measuring civic engagement

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0My organization, CIRCLE, promotes a set of 19 "core indicators of civic engagement" as a way of measuring the level of engagement of any youthful group or community, and also as a way of assessing the civic … Continue reading

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websites that calculate ideology

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0In response to yesterday’s post about websites that will calculate your ideology for you, Nels Lindahl emailed me about a site called The Political Compass. This is the most sophisticated and thoughtful example of the genre, in … Continue reading

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political ideology websites

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0This summer, I began work on a website that would ask visitors some questions and then tell them their ideology. I got caught up with the technical difficulties and never completed the project. However, I believe it … Continue reading

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American radicals in Iraq

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0In his Washington Post column today, E.J. Dionne writes, "Our foreign policy debate right now pits radicals against conservatives. Republicans are the radicals. Democrats are the conservatives." Republicans want to remake the world to match abstract ideals; … Continue reading

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public work in Iraq

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0Today is the beginning of CIRCLE‘s annual Advisory Board meeting, when we present our year’s work for review. Meanwhile, I recommend this long but excellent radio program about neighborhood councils in Baghdad. (Thanks to Archon Fung for … Continue reading

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service-learning research

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0Salt Lake City: I gave the keynote luncheon address today at the International Service-Learning Research Conference. I argued that we need research to test whether service-learning (i.e., combinations of community service with academic study) works as well … Continue reading

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Dean and the working class

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0In JFK Airport, en route to Salt Lake City: Two decisions regarding the Dean presidential campaign appear imminent. Gov. Dean is likely to refuse federal funding (thus gaining the freedom to spend unlimited private money); and he … Continue reading

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Renaissance humanism today

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0I think that Renaissance humanist philosophy is often misunderstood; and this mistake matters to me because I favor a revival of the real methods of the humanists. The standard view is that Renaissance humanists taught original doctrines, … Continue reading

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“progressives” are conservative

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0My Oct. 30 entry argues that today’s "progressives" are best understood as conservatives, seeking to maintain a set of institutions that they do not believe are well designed, but which they prefer to the speculative market alternatives … Continue reading

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community mapping

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0I spent this morning walking around Hyattsville, MD, with high school kids, who were entering data about each street segment into Palm Pilots. We want to collect information that will help us see what features of each … Continue reading

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