Monthly Archives: August 2009

building public capacity

Facebook0 Twitter0Total0At last week’s meetings in Washington, about 100 proponents of democratic reform, representing several different traditions and flavors, came together to develop a common agenda that was welcomed by the White House as advice. I was one of a … Continue reading

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going offline

Facebook0 Twitter0Total0My family and I are taking a short New England vacation until Friday, when I’ll fly to San Francisco for the American Sociological Association’s annual conference. On Saturday, I’ll speak at a presidential plenary session of the ASA, entitled … Continue reading

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interacting with the administration

Facebook0 Twitter0Total0(Washington, DC): I’m at Strengthening Our Nation’s Democracy II, a conference organized by Demos and by two organizations on whose boards I serve, AmericaSpeaks and Everyday Democracy. About 100 proponents of democratic reform have convened to develop a common … Continue reading

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the view from South Africa

Facebook0 Twitter0Total0(Washington, DC) Xolela Mangu, a distinguished South African social scientist and columnist, joined our conference last week on the Obama civic agenda. In his national column, he reflects on “service” (with its hints of moral obligation, on one side, … Continue reading

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