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Infogagement: Citizenship and Democracy in the Age of Connection

September 1, 2014

Our traditional notions about the "public square" are out of date. In thinking about informa- tion, engagement, and public life, we have generally put information first: people need to be educated, and then they will become politically involved (the original title of this PACE project was, accordingly, "Information for Engagement"). But as we interviewed leading thinkers and practitioners in the fields of journalism, civic technology, and public engagement, it became clear that the sources of information and the possibilities for engagement have diversified dramatically. Instead of a linear progression from education to involvement, public life seems to seethe and spark with connections and reactions that are often unexpected and always hard to map. Our Norman Rockwell image of public life has become something more like a Jackson Pollock painting.

Civic Engagement and Recent Immigrant Communities

August 3, 2010

Provides a step-by-step guide to developing strategies and planning efforts to strengthen immigrants' civic engagement , including suggested agendas, background materials, and discussion guides. Outlines considerations for planning and successful formats.

Higher Education Exchange: 2009

May 12, 2009

This annual publication serves as a forum for new ideas and dialogue between scholars and the larger public. Essays explore ways that students, administrators, and faculty can initiate and sustain an ongoing conversation about the public life they share.The Higher Education Exchange is founded on a thought articulated by Thomas Jefferson in 1820: "I know no safe depository of the ultimate powers of the society but the people themselves; and if we think them not enlightened enough to exercise their control with a wholesome discretion, the remedy is not to take it from them, but to inform their discretion by education."In the tradition of Jefferson, the Higher Education Exchange agrees that a central goal of higher education is to help make democracy possible by preparing citizens for public life. The Higher Education Exchange is part of a movement to strengthen higher education's democratic mission and foster a more democratic culture throughout American society.Working in this tradition, the Higher Education Exchange publishes interviews, case studies, analyses, news, and ideas about efforts within higher education to develop more democratic societies.

Funding and Fostering Local Democracy: What Philanthropy Should Know About the Emerging Field of Deliberation and Democratic Governance

April 1, 2009

This guide describes strategies and stories of how local civic engagement has developed over the past decade. Written by Matt Leighninger, the director of AmericaSpeak's project Deliberative Democracy Consortium, Funding and Fostering Local Democracy: What Philanthropy Should Know about the Emerging Field of Deliberation and Democratic Governance seeks to help the philanthropic community make informed decisions about their support in the emerging field of deliberative democracy.