civic engagement: the claymation video

(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” of the poor in  anti-poverty programs. Later he founded the Citizens’ Advocate Center and co-founded the Antioch School of Law, helping to invent clinical law programs. And now, to illustrate his new book No More Throw-Away People: The Co-Production Imperative (which I haven’t read), he has produced this great claymation video on engaging citizens. (I believe the metaphor of squares and blobs, referring to formal organizations and loose citizen groups, originated at the Kettering Foundation, which I am visiting today.)

The Parable of the Blobs and Squares from James Mackie on Vimeo.

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Associate Dean for Research and the Lincoln Filene Professor of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Tufts University's Tisch College of Civic Life. Concerned about civic education, civic engagement, and democratic reform in the United States and elsewhere.