Monthly Archives: October 2016

a map of civic renewal

Facebook85 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 85 At the National Conference on Citizenship in Washington, DC, 250-300 people are collectively building a model of civic life in America to strategize about civi renewal. Here is the state of the map as of 1:55 … Continue reading

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democracy in the digital age

Facebook8 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 8New chapter: “Democracy in the Digital Age,” The Civic Media Reader, edited by Eric Gordon and Paul Mihailidis (Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 2016), pp. 29-47 Abstract: Digital media change rapidly, but democracy presents perennial challenges. It is not … Continue reading

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The Moment is Now National Convening

Facebook8 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 8Registration is now open for Everyday Democracy’s The Moment is Now: National Convening, December 8-10, 2016 in Baltimore, Maryland. People will come together from across the country to think of dynamic ways to solve community problems and build racial … Continue reading

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it’s hard to talk about tough issues if no organization represents you

Facebook47 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 47I’m back from a great meeting in Chicago in which one theme was the need to have honest, productive conversations between people who might support Donald Trump and members or supporters of movements like Black Lives Matter. … Continue reading

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the Pew climate change survey and the state of science

Facebook18 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 18According to Pew’s new survey, only about one third of Americans care “a great deal” about climate change. That might be a matter of values: some citizens may set a higher priority on liberty or growth than on environmental … Continue reading

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it’s 1989 all over again: HRC and Bush 41

Facebook9 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 9If Hillary Clinton is elected in November, the parallels with the start of the George H.W. Bush Administration will be striking. That does not imply that Clinton’ presidency must follow the trajectory of his: history rarely echoes, and her … Continue reading

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President Obama on how he discusses policy with Republicans

Facebook14 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 14Jonathan Chait’s entire interview with the president is fascinating. It offers Obama’s perspective on his own presidency, which is not the objective reality, but it is full of insights. For instance, Chait asks, “So it’s January 27, 2009, and you hear … Continue reading

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introspect to reenchant the inner life

Facebook11 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 11John Stewart Mill was the son of a great classical utilitarian. He was taught that happiness could be measured on a one-dimensional scale from pain to pleasure. Since he was only one of many millions of human beings, he should … Continue reading

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