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AI, Blockchain, VR, And The Complicated Future Of Democracy

February 25, 2019 Comments Off on AI, Blockchain, VR, And The Complicated Future Of Democracy

All kinds of changes, many of them driven by technology, affect how we live, work, vote, interact, and get information. Too often, the people working to strengthen democracy have been…

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5 Tips For Handling Difficult Holiday Conversations

December 21, 2018 Comments Off on 5 Tips For Handling Difficult Holiday Conversations

The holiday season can be filled with lots of joy and laughter, but there are times when seeing some of your closest family and friends can be hard to handle…

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‘Staying Proximate’ to Advance Racial Equity

December 21, 2018 Comments Off on ‘Staying Proximate’ to Advance Racial Equity

This guest post was written by Matt Leighninger, Vice President of Public Engagement and was originally published on Nellie Mae’s Medium page. While incidents of bias and discrimination can occur…

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Cities Of Service Launches Second Annual Engaged Cities Award

November 26, 2018 Comments Off on Cities Of Service Launches Second Annual Engaged Cities Award

Apply for the Cities of Service Engaged Cities Award! Cities of Service, a nonprofit organization that helps mayors build stronger cities by changing the way local government and citizens work…

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Reconciling Principle With Pragmatism

November 22, 2018 Comments Off on Reconciling Principle With Pragmatism

Balancing Priorities and Context in our Criminal Justice System Tune in to any news show and odds are you’ll hear about yet another intractable political issue. There may be a…

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Time To Learn

November 9, 2018 Comments Off on Time To Learn

Making time for teachers to learn can lead to increased opportunities for kids My older son is a second-grade student at our neighborhood elementary school in Chicago. Next year, his…

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What Rural America Can Teach US About Civil Society

October 23, 2018 Comments Off on What Rural America Can Teach US About Civil Society

Civil society is rooted in actions, not words. When one thinks about “community engagement” or “public participation” the image is often of a neighborhood meeting, or a public hearing. Implicitly,…

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Working Together To Advance Student And Teacher Success

October 1, 2018 Comments Off on Working Together To Advance Student And Teacher Success

A growing body of research shows that when teachers work more collaboratively, student outcomes can improve, teachers can be more satisfied in their jobs and teacher turnover can decrease. With…

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Cities As Centers For Deliberative Democracy

August 16, 2018 Comments Off on Cities As Centers For Deliberative Democracy

Whether dealing with climate change, immigration or even trade, cities and metropolitan areas have for some time now taken initiatives and formed networks to address pressing social and economic issues.…

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Witnessing Deliberative Democracy Up Close

August 6, 2018 Comments Off on Witnessing Deliberative Democracy Up Close

Throughout my undergraduate studies as a political science major, I have come across the subjects of community engagement and public deliberation before. However, until this meeting in Canarsie, I had…

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