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Dec 17: Local civic engagement

Instead of solving the world’s problem let’s look at local civic engagement. How can we get more local involvement–not just people complaining or criticizing, but people actually doing stuff. Among the questions we might want to answer are:

  1. Why don’t people get involved? (Do we know?)
  2. What could make involvement more productive?
  3. Could technology improve things? Is so, how?

Some links:
Wikipedia on Civic Engagement
Committing to Local Civic Action Is Something We Should All Be Doing – Pacific Standard

In an era of increasing distrust for governance institutions, we should return to the local level, seeking grassroots opportunities for civic life. 

ICMA: the international civic management association

Volunteer Maine Civic Organization H/T Greg

1 Comment

  • Proposing a Colloquy next summer -here is the start:
    Discussions: Following Lakey’s Book Sections, four weeks
    1. Getting Started. and 5. How Campaigns Change the World.
    a. begin with the end in sight [The Powell Memorandum]
    2. Designing a Campaign
    3. Initial Action
    4. Going For It.

    Suggested Reading
    How We Win George Lakey
    On Tyranny Timothy Snyder
    Seven Habits of Highly Effective People Steven Covey
    How to Get to the Top and Stay There and Realizing Your Potential Robert J. McKain
    The Spirit Level Kate Pickett and Tom Wilkinson
    From Bacteria to Bach and Back Daniel Dennett
    The Bhodisattva’s Brain Owen Flanagan
    The Origins of Creativity E.O. Wilson
    Thinking Fast and Slow Daniel Kahneman
    How We Decide Jonah Lehrer
    The Tipping Point, Blink and/or Outliers Malcolm Gladwell
    The Black Swan Nassim Nicholas Taleb
    Nudge: Improving Decisions About Health, Wealth, and Happiness Richard Thaler
    Predictably Irrational Dan Ariely

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