Monthly Archives: November 2007

youth, media, & civic participation

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0(From the Deliberative Democracy Consortium meeting in Bethesda, MD): Last summer, Lance Bennett of the University of Washington convened an online discussion about young people, the Internet, and civic/political participation. It was a rich dialog, representing numerous … Continue reading

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public deliberation: research & practice

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0I’m attending (and helping to host) the third in an interesting series of annual meetings. The Deliberative Democracy Consortium has convened researchers and practitioners who organize and/or study public deliberations. At each conference, the whole group develops … Continue reading

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the next national service agenda

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0Proponents of the national civilian service programs (AmeriCorps and its relations) tend to feel that the service movement has stagnated. AmeriCorps itself was based on a series of bargains struck early in the Clinton administration. For instance, … Continue reading

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intangible wealth and international equity

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0If, by sheer dumb luck, you happen to be born one mile north of the Rio Grande, you have economic advantages that you’d miss if you were born one mile south of the same river. According to … Continue reading

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digital nativism

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0(Wisconsin) I am not a “digital native,” someone who grew up with computers from infancy. Instead, I am an immigrant to the land of the digital–but I arrived here early. In mid-elementary school, my Mom took me … Continue reading

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interacting with “the media”

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0(We’re heading west for Thanksgiving, and this will be my last post until Monday.) I have minuscule impact on the news media, but I do have interesting experiences with journalists. For example, yesterday at 7 am, I … Continue reading

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civic leadership

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0I’d like to reply to two thoughtful recent comments. First, Harry Boyte responds to yesterday’s post and helps to develop the connection between hyper-partisanship and divisive politics, on one hand, and technocracy or arrogant expertise, on the … Continue reading

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the case for Nehamiah

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0Here’s a stark contrast: 1. Paul Krugman, “Played for a Sucker,” New York Times, Nov. 16: “On Social Security, as on many other issues, what Washington means by bipartisanship is mainly that everyone should come together to … Continue reading

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putting real citizenship back into the immigration debate

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0Immigration is evidently a huge issue, and one of the few that may play to the advantage of conservatives in 2008. Here’s a response that’s available to Democrats and Republicans who don’t want to shut the doors … Continue reading

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civic renewal in Bridgeport

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0The folks at Public Agenda–specifically, Will Friedman, Alison Kadlec, and Lara Birnbeck–have published a very important study of Bridgeport, CT. I remember Bridgeport as something of a basket case in the 1980s: the city was literally bankrupt, … Continue reading

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