Monthly Archives: June 2012

community engagement and economic well-being

Facebook24 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 24I am in Chicago for meetings at the National Conference on Volunteering and Service and then the Spencer Foundation. The last time I was here, it was to speak at the Chicago Donors Forum conference on community … Continue reading

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exciting changes at AmericaSPEAKS and the National Institute of Civil Discourse

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0(On a train, finishing a Boston>Newark>Philadelphia>DC>Philadelphia>Newark>Boston circuit) As a board member of AmericaSPEAKS, I am delighted that our founder and president, Carolyn Lukensmeyer, has a great new opportunity to be Executive Director of the National Institute of … Continue reading

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texting kids to Do Something

Facebook2 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 2(Washington, DC) Earlier today, at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia, I heard a presentation about Do Something‘s text-messaging campaign. Apparently, teenagers are about 55 times more likely to respond to a suggestion to volunteer or take … Continue reading

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Elinor Ostrom, 1933-2012

Facebook8 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 8I was very sad to read this morning that Elinor Ostrom has died. Lin ran the Workshop in Political Theory and Policy Analysis at Indiana University, where she was also Distinguished Professor and Arthur F. Bentley Professor … Continue reading

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Arab students’ speech at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Facebook1 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 1This morning, my colleague Vanessa and I participated in a videoconference with Arab students in the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. They are members of the Watan movement, which, as they presented it to us, exists to celebrate … Continue reading

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Wayne State Citizenship Conference Keynote

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0Last March 30, I gave a keynote address entitled “Civic Renewal: Theory and Practice,” at “Generations: Age and Citizenship,” the 9th Annual Conference in Citizenship Studies at Wayne State University in Detroit. Here it is. I launch … Continue reading

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Service and Activism in the Digital Age

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0(In DC for a Street Law board meeting) For anyone interested in the potential of the new electronic media to enhance young people’s active citizenship, I recommend “Service & Activism in the Digital Age: Supporting Youth Engagement … Continue reading

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the state of labor

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0At the discussion I moderated yesterday, Ralph Nader said that the AFL-CIO’s leadership once asked him to get the Occupy movement to press for a raise in the minimum wage. He replied: You mean to tell me … Continue reading

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a debate on what’s wrong with our democracy

Facebook7 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 7(Washington, DC) Later today, I will moderate a discussion on the state of US democracy at a Kettering Foundation Trustees’ meeting, involving: Lani Guanier, the Bennett Boskey Professor of Law at Harvard University, James A. Leach, Chairman … Continue reading

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discussing our new YouthBuild Evaluation at the White House

Facebook7 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 7Today CIRCLE released a major new report entitled Pathways into Leadership: A Study of YouthBuild Graduates, funded by the Knight Foundation and distributed  during the White House Summit on Community Solutions for Disconnected Youth. This was the … Continue reading

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