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Vallejo: A Model For Broader Engagement In Participatory Budgeting

December 20, 2016 Comments Off on Vallejo: A Model For Broader Engagement In Participatory Budgeting

Participatory budgeting (PB) often funds infrastructure projects. For local officials and community leaders using or considering PB, Vallejo offers a model for funding programs and services. In most cities, participatory … Read more

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Making Health Savings Accounts Work

December 15, 2016 Comments Off on Making Health Savings Accounts Work

What would it take for HSAs to be more equitable, effective and efficient? One of the health care policies that President-Elect Trump has advocated is an expansion of Health Savings … Read more

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Can Participatory Budgeting Help Improve Democracy?

December 13, 2016 Comments Off on Can Participatory Budgeting Help Improve Democracy?

At Public Agenda, we’re a bunch of optimists. We believe that democracy CAN work for everyone, and that better models of public engagement are key to this mission. Americans are … Read more

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Skill Up In 2017 At An Engagement Strategy Workshop

December 8, 2016 Comments Off on Skill Up In 2017 At An Engagement Strategy Workshop

New year, new public engagement skills. Get the training needed to connect in meaningful and lasting ways. The new year is seen as a time to reflect on the past … Read more

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Voting, Division And Higher Education

December 6, 2016 Comments Off on Voting, Division And Higher Education

This fall, two pieces of conventional wisdom regarding higher education were turned on their heads by the American public. The 2016 presidential election cemented a long-perceived trend: our great country … Read more

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Questions From The Audience: Can The Public Have A Real Voice In American Politics?

December 1, 2016 Comments Off on Questions From The Audience: Can The Public Have A Real Voice In American Politics?

Voting every four years and then checking out is a recipe for a weak democracy. People need authentic and satisfying avenues of engagement between elections. During a panel discussion two weeks ago, … Read more

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Understanding The Debate On Charter Schools: A Nonpartisan Perspective

November 29, 2016 Comments Off on Understanding The Debate On Charter Schools: A Nonpartisan Perspective

Given the tenor of public dialogue around the presidential transition, we’re likely to see even more division and emotion emerge around the already controversial topic of charter schools. That’s where … Read more

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Can The Public Have A Real Voice In American Politics?

November 22, 2016 Comments Off on Can The Public Have A Real Voice In American Politics?

Public engagement experts and practitioners acknowledge the challenges that lie ahead for their field, but are optimistic about the future of democracy. Watch a video of the discussion here. This … Read more

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What Do We Know About Trump’s Plan For Higher Ed?

November 17, 2016 Comments Off on What Do We Know About Trump’s Plan For Higher Ed?

While details remain hazy, President-Elect Trump has given a few indications on his transition website and during rallies regarding what he’d pursue. With Donald Trump’s win last week, I found … Read more

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A New Look For Public Agenda

November 15, 2016 Comments Off on A New Look For Public Agenda

As a communications hub for our work, we hope our new website will advance our goals by elevating a diversity of voices, enabling common ground, improving dialogue and collaboration, and … Read more

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