Monthly Archives: January 2005

kids’ voices

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0I spent today listening to kids–16 boisterous, funny adolescents from the nearby high school. We had recruited them to talk about their experiences as immigrants (or migrants), and how their eating habits had changed as they had … Continue reading

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what should we expect from local work?

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0When students frame, study, and address local problems, they are likely to acquire local knowledge. For example, if a high school class studies a nearby watershed, develops a restoration plan, and presents it to the local government, … Continue reading

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“community as text”

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0Last night and today, I’m attending a meeting organized by the Coalition for Community Schools. The Coalition has convened representatives of six movements: service learning: community service combined with academic work and reflection environmental education: studying environmental … Continue reading

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is policy just too complicated?

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0Some people think that it’s harder for citizens to participate in politics today than it was 50 years ago, because issues have simply grown more complex. The G.I. bill was relatively simple legislation, so it was easy … Continue reading

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a map of civic renewal

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0Here’s a map of the civic renewal network. I made it in the following way. I visited TouchGraph’s amazing GoogleBrowser, which generates diagrams of the links among websites, as recognized by Google. I entered three URLs that … Continue reading

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funding opportunity for micro-level news online

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0The New Voice project launched its website today and issued a Request for Proposals. The proposal deadline is March 17. As the website says, New Voices is a pioneering program to seed innovative community news ventures in … Continue reading

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an AARP for youth?

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0Should there be a large membership organization for youth that lobbies on economic issues that affect them–an American Association of Young People? I can think of three major arguments in favor. First, there are huge and perhaps … Continue reading

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this blog turns two

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0(From Wingspread, WI): I first posted on Jan. 8, 2003, so tomorrow will be the second birthday of this blog. I’ve posted every weekday since then, except when I’ve been away on vacation with my family. There … Continue reading

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next steps after the big youth vote

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0Today I’m going to Wingspread, the Johnson Foundation’s retreat center near Racine, Wisconsin. It’s a beautiful building designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. The nonpartisan youth voting folks will gather there to discuss what to do next. Young … Continue reading

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associational commons

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0In a response to yesterday?s post, Mike Weiksner asks me to explain why I am enthusiastic about voluntary associations that create goods?one of the eight forms of ?commons? that I had identified. I?m in favor of creating … Continue reading

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