Monthly Archives: November 2013

qualms about a bond market for philanthropy

Facebook11 Twitter0Total11Today’s New York Times describes a nascent plan for a philanthropic bond market. The main proponent, Lindsay Beck, “says she has long believed that charitable money is often misallocated; some of the most effective organizations struggle to raise funds, … Continue reading

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the panopticon is impossible, or why citizens must collect information

Facebook3 Twitter0Total3(en route to Austin, TX) Yesterday, we heard an exemplary presentation on Community-Based Participatory Research (CBPR) by Berkeley professor Meredith Minkler, who is one of the leaders of the field. She told a perfect story of a research project … Continue reading

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new journals related to civic renewal

Facebook30 Twitter0Total30Scholars working on civic engagement, civic education, and related topics have no shortage of publication venues, including free, online–but peer-reviewed–journals: The International Journal of Research on Service-Learning and Community Engagement has published its first issue. Articles include “Rethinking Peer … Continue reading

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CIRCLE press release on youth turnout in Virginia and New Jersey

Facebook7 Twitter0Total7(cross-posted from the CIRCLE website) If the Virginia and New Jersey exit polls captured precise and accurate estimates of the proportion of voters who were young, then youth turnout was 26% in Virginia and 18% in New Jersey, according … Continue reading

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do companies control governments?

Facebook9 Twitter0Total9Consider that: The same US government that can apparently tap almost any telephone in the world cannot harvest information that people voluntarily provide on the government’s own website regarding their eligibility for insurance. A private firm, CGI Federal, botches … Continue reading

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strange lives

Facebook5 Twitter0Total5I surf Wikipedia looking for interesting stories, so you don’t have to. For instance: Charles deRudio/Carlo di Rudio is born an Italian aristocrat in 1832. After fighting for Italian unification, he flees the country and is shipwrecked off Spain. … Continue reading

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free expression in our schools

Facebook6 Twitter0Total6(Washington, DC) This is an audio podcast of me talking with Frank LoMonte, Executive Director of The Student Press Law Center, who defends free expression in schools. Frank and I discussed the Commission on Youth Voting and Civic Knowledge … Continue reading

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