“Citizens at the Center”

Cindy Gibson has published a White Paper, funded by the Case Foundation, entitled “Citizens at the Center: A New Approach to Civic Engagement.” It’s groundbreaking because it asks funders, policymakers, and others to look beyond individual acts of civic participation, such as voting and volunteering, and instead to consider people’s collective work in naming, discussing, and addressing problems. If taken seriously, Cindy’s paper would cause major changes in philanthropy and policy throughout the fields of “service” and “citizenship.” I have posted somewhat more detailed comments on a discussion page that Case has set up; many others have weighed in as well.