Active Citizenship Publications

A dialogue report among 40 organizations from across the country, all committed to civic engagement; what it means and its goals.
This essay highlights groups that are creatively connecting citizens who are making a difference today, and explores how technology might impact public participation and leadership in the future.
How can online tools help you engage citizens in public decision-making and problem-solving? What are the most common mistakes being made by public managers and other leaders as they try to work with the public online? In a given scenario, which tools and tactics seem most appropriate and effective? Using Online Tools to Engage – and be Engaged by – the Public, a new report from the IBM Center for the Business of Government, delves into these...
As a young Harvard law graduate, Khazei resolved to serve his country by creating an urban organization in the style of the Peace Corps called City Year. Based in Boston, City Year has grown from a few volunteers into a massive operation with branches in 20 cities filled with young people eager to serve where they live. Khazei offers a touching memoir of what young entrepreneurs with vision can do to change not just communities but the world....
The National Conference on Citizenship (NCoC), founded in 1946 and chartered by Congress in 1953, is charged with the mission of advancing our nation’s civic life. In accordance with this mission, NCoC has produced America’s Civic Health Index for the last four years to measure the level of civic engagement and health of our nation’s democracy. As a result of the passage of the bipartisan Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act, this work is...
Blogs, wikis and other Web 2.0 accoutrements are revolutionizing the social order, a development that's cause for more excitement than alarm, argues interactive telecommunications professor Shirky. He contextualizes the digital networking age with philosophical, sociological, economic and statistical theories and points to its major successes and failures. Grassroots activism stands among the winners—Belarus's flash mobs, for example, blog their...
This survey looked at new developments in the CSR sector, in particular, the role of crowdsourcing and social media in raising awareness and driving engagement.
In 2007, the Case Foundation launched its first public grants program, the Make It Your Own Awards (MIYO), which challenged people from all walks of life to discuss what matters most to them, decide what kind of community they want, and take action together. With nearly 5,000 applicants and more than 15,000 voters, the program involved the public in nearly every aspect of decision-making, and used the latest web 2.0 tools to empower applicants...
"An Inequitable Invitation to Citizenship: Non-College-Bound Youth and Civic Engagement", published by Philanthropy for Active Civic Engagement (PACE), examines the issue of public and civic involvement for teenagers not on a university path. The paper explores the lack of engagement of this group compared to their peers and is rich with ideas and advice for a wide array of influencers, including funders, educators, the government, the military...
All Volunteer Force: From Military to Civilian Service, published by Civic Enterprises, is an investigative report detailing veterans' reemergence into society and how civic participation can shape the transition from the battlefield to civilian life.  Focused on veterans of Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF) and Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF), All Volunteer Force concludes that veterans involved in community service and other forms of civic...
  This Case Foundation-commissioned paper offers specific recommendations for getting people from all walks of life to discuss what matters most to them, and then giving them the tools and technologies they need to identify problems and develop solutions together. It also warns against top-down solutions that require people to “plug into” existing programs or campaigns. Download the PDF Learn more about Citizens at the Center. View this...

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