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Social Movements Demanding Minipublics: A New Phenomenon?

May 25, 2021 Comments Off on Social Movements Demanding Minipublics: A New Phenomenon?

Citizens’ assemblies are one example of a minipublic, which typically brings people together to deliberate and facilitate progress on issues ranging from large to small and from local or national to international, as is the case with climate change. 

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Health Affairs Blog Builds Case for Doctors to Trust Their Patients

April 29, 2021 Comments Off on Health Affairs Blog Builds Case for Doctors to Trust Their Patients

Building off findings from A Two-Way Street: Building Trust Between People with Medicaid and Primary Care Doctors, Interim Co-President and Director of Research David Schleifer describes how doctors need to…

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America’s Hidden Common Ground on Overcoming Divisiveness

April 27, 2021 Comments Off on America’s Hidden Common Ground on Overcoming Divisiveness

This Public Agenda/USA TODAY Hidden Common Ground® survey, fielded in February 2021, finds a powerful consensus across political affiliations that the nation needs to move beyond the destructive divisiveness that…

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Fulcrum Op-Ed Shows How We Need to Better Monitor Civic Health

April 27, 2021 Comments Off on Fulcrum Op-Ed Shows How We Need to Better Monitor Civic Health

Public Agenda’s Associate Director for National Engagement Programs, Quixada Moore-Vissing, describes the importance of civic health in assessing and promoting a healthy democracy in her new op-ed in The Fulcrum…

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Global Learning on Democratic Innovation Webinar Series

April 6, 2021 Comments Off on Global Learning on Democratic Innovation Webinar Series

The Global Learning on Democratic Innovation webinar series, presented by Public Agenda and Club de Madrid, brings together panelists and moderators from around the world to discuss global innovations in various areas of democratic life, with a focus on nourishing the renewal of shared societies in situations of political polarization, democratic deficit and racial tensions.

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What Is Civic Infrastructure and Why Is It Important?

April 1, 2021 Comments Off on What Is Civic Infrastructure and Why Is It Important?

Many of the groups supporting President Biden’s stimulus bill touted its capacity to build “civic infrastructure.”  The resulting American Rescue Plan does include elements—like support for broadband access, child care, and volunteerism—that would seem to help Americans participate in public life. Is this enough? What exactly is civic infrastructure anyway, and what more might we need to do to strengthen it?

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Fulcrum Op-Ed Highlights Need for Democratic Decision-Making in and out of the Classroom

March 24, 2021 Comments Off on Fulcrum Op-Ed Highlights Need for Democratic Decision-Making in and out of the Classroom

Building on findings from our new report Essential Educators: Teacher and Parent Views on COVID-19, Interim Co-President and Director of Research David Schleifer describes how schools can not only be…

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People-Led Recovery: Three Ways the Philippines Built Back Better After the World’s Strongest Storm

March 22, 2021 Comments Off on People-Led Recovery: Three Ways the Philippines Built Back Better After the World’s Strongest Storm

In the Philippines, “build back better” has been a rallying cry for hundreds of thousands of families affected by Typhoon Haiyan in 2013. For many, however, post-disaster recovery has been a case of “building back bitter.” Beyond stories of bitterness, there are stories that bring the principles of “building back better” to life. Worth spotlighting is Pope Francis Village—an in-city housing resettlement site considered a global role model for post-disaster reconstruction.

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Making it Count: Civic Participation and Census Success in Philadelphia

March 8, 2021 Comments Off on Making it Count: Civic Participation and Census Success in Philadelphia

The Constitutionally-mandated U.S. Census has significant economic and political implications, including determining how many representatives each state will have in Congress for the next decade and the amount of federal funding communities receive for roads, schools and other social services. That’s why the city of Philadelphia chartered Philly Counts 2020, an organization formed from a team of innovative researchers, well-connected activists and civic leaders, to promote Philadelphians’ participation in the 2020 Census.

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How COVID-19 Has Impacted Engagement: Learning from a Neighborhood in the Bronx

March 2, 2021 Comments Off on How COVID-19 Has Impacted Engagement: Learning from a Neighborhood in the Bronx

New Yorkers are serving their communities in several ways. They are checking in on their elderly neighbors, serving in their local churches, synagogues, mosques, and temples; coaching pee wee soccer, and fundraising for their parent teacher associations. However, when you look at the national data on volunteerism, New York City (NYC) ranks among the lowest in the country. 

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