Monthly Archives: December 2013

qualms about Behavioral Economics

Facebook8 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 8In Sunday’s New York Times, Katrin Benhold describes how the current UK Government has embraced “behavioral economics.” The Cameron Government has been influenced by Richard H. Thaler’s and Cass R. Sunstein’s book Nudge to adopt policies like … Continue reading

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civic engagement: the claymation video

Facebook3 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 3(Dayton, OH) Edgar S. Cahn has been trying to improve the relationship between citizens and governments since 1964, when, as executive assistant to Sargent Shriver, he helped to implement the mandate to achieve the “maximum feasible participation” … Continue reading

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ALEC’s secret documents and our political economy

Facebook5 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 5On a flight to Philadelphia, I am reading the secret documents from ALEC (the American Legislative Affairs Council) leaked to the Guardian. Although they contain some juicy details about declining membership and internal controversies, I find some … Continue reading

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assessment and accountabillity for civics

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0These are some notes for a presentation I will make later today at the New England Association of Schools & Colleges conference. NEASC is one of the six regional accrediting associations in the US. It works by … Continue reading

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new from Penn State: a study of online deliberation and an award for democratic innovation

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0My friend John Gastil and David Brinker and Robert Richards of Penn State University have evaluated citizens’ deliberations of budget issues that were conducted online (using Google Hangouts and Spreecast discussons) as well as face-to-face. They did … Continue reading

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MOOCs are old and shopworn

Facebook8 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 8This is from a Connected Planet article in 1997: Ah, spring – the time of year when students decide to skip classes en masse and sit outside enjoying the sun and fresh air. For the students of … Continue reading

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