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What’s New with ADP? Summer 2015 Edition

by American Democracy Project on July 30, 2015

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ANNOUNCEMENTS

HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE BLOG

What We’re Reading 

  • Wilderness and the Common Good-A New Ethic of Citizenship
    University of Wisconsin La Crosse political science faculty member Jo Arney has a new book out — Wilderness and the Common Good: A New Ethic of Citizenship (Fulcrum, 2015). Arney is one of the ADP faculty members leading our Stewardship of Public Lands 2015 faculty seminar as well as curating the emerging Stewardship of Public Lands AASCU National Blended Course. Read more here.
  • New Report on the Health of State Democracies
    The Center for American Progress (CAP) released a new report about the health of state democracies.  At a panel discussion in early July, Delegate Alfonso Lopez (D-VA), former state senator Nina Turner (D-OH), political/election law attorney Dara Lindenbaum, and Senator Richard Katz (R-ME) shared their thoughts about the topic with moderator Michele Jawando of CAP. Read more here.

#CLDE15 Meeting in Review: Leveraging Academic and Student Affairs Partnerships to Advance Civic Learning & Democratic Engagement
Our recent 2015 ADP/TDC/NASPA Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement (CLDE) Meeting in New Orleans, La. brought together a collection of faculty, students, administrators, community partners and representatives from our national sponsor and partner organizations committed to advancing civic learning and democratic engagement through higher education. Collectively, we considered one of higher education’s civic missions: to act as stewards of the communities they inhabit as well as to prepare students to be stewards of their present and future communities. Read more here.

Examining Economic Inequality at SUNY Cortland
In June, SUNY Cortland, one of 30 campuses participating in our ADP/TDC Economic Inequality Initiative, launched a monthly series of lunchtime talks addressing issues of economic inequality. The goal of the initiative is to bring together the area’s campus and community members to study the relationships between economic inequality, public policy, business opportunity, social mobility and civic engagement. Members discuss issues that include student loan debt, a livable hourly wage, and poverty. Read more here.

AASCU Policy Publication: Partnering for Prosperity
The American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU) is pleased to present Partnering for Prosperity: Advancing the Institutional and State Agenda Through an Effective Collegiate State Relations Program. The report reflects AASCU’s longstanding efforts in fostering optimal state relations and state policy enabling America’s public colleges and universities to fully serve the public good. Read more here.

Partners & Friends

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DATES FOR YOUR CALENDAR

August 1-6:  ADP’s 2015 Stewardship of Public Lands Faculty Seminar in Yellowstone
September 17:  Constitution Day
September 22:  National Voter Registration Day
November 3:  Election Day

Civic Engagement & Democracy News from our Friends at the DDC

DDCSelected News from the Deliberative Democracy Consortium

  • Can a group of people write a graphic novel about civic infrastructure? We’ll find out at the Frontiers of Democracy conference http://ow.ly/MCTE0
  • Public Agenda celebrates their 40th anniversary and opens the Yankelovich Center for Public Judgment – http://ow.ly/NdEMr
  • New issue of the Journal of Public Deliberationhttp://ow.ly/MRoIn – has articles on online deliberation, institutional design, inclusion, recruitment, voting, culture, divided societies, and more, by authors like John Gastil, Alan Tomkins, Carolina Johnson, and Jennifer Stromer-Galley, and reviews of books by Josh Lerner, Chris Karpowitz and Tali Mendelberg, Paula Cossart, and Jose Marichal
  • Rich Harwood champions the role of libraries in engagement, as “uniquely trusted local institutions” – http://ow.ly/Npxgo
  • Boiling down public engagement to four basic types – http://ow.ly/NpwDJ
  • How can “social deliberative skills” be encouraged and supported online? New research from Tom Murray and colleagues http://ow.ly/NpvwH
  • Personal Democracy Forum is now accepting applications for its Civic Hall Fellowship Program – http://ow.ly/NlI9O
  • New National Issues Forums guide on health care costs – http://ow.ly/NlI0i
  • Using keypad polling as part of community planning in Laconia, NH – http://ow.ly/NnoIV @OrtonFoundation
  • The Annette Strauss Institute for Civic Life at the University of Texas is seeking a new director – http://ow.ly/NgIjC
  • Latest issue of the National Civic Review focuses on the connection between engagement and educational opportunities http://ow.ly/N7mh2
  • The new Promising Practice Database is a feature of membership in the National Civic League – http://ow.ly/MY52R @allamericacity
  • How schools in Pittsfield, NH have implemented a more democratic, student-centered approach to leaning – http://ow.ly/MV0qz
  • MetroQuest releases a free guide to effective online engagement – http://ow.ly/MUTnr
  • Luca Belgiorno-Nettis reflects on whether the great democratic documents of the past have meaning for us today – http://ow.ly/MSG0i
  • What do we mean, exactly, by “participation?”  http://ow.ly/MUGiv Take the survey at http://ow.ly/MUHUC to help clarify
  • The Rockefeller Brothers Fund revises its guidelines for its Democratic Practice Program – http://ow.ly/MSFzB @RockBrosFund
  • Online engagement platforms mainly involve the privileged? Probably. Here’s why this matters – and why it doesn’t – http://ow.ly/MSE5P
  • Should all institutions be democratic? No, says Peter Levine http://ow.ly/MOGYF
  • The National Issues Forums Institute releases three new discussion guides on water issues – http://ow.ly/MLWVV
  • “The biggest crisis in the world is that we are at a low point in how we all participate in shaping our communities” http://ow.ly/MzuQl
  • IAP2 USA seeks nominations for 2015 Core Values Awards, for project, research project, and organization of the year – http://ow.ly/MsRQs
  • Rita Allen Foundation announces $515,000 in grants to build civic engagement through technology and media – http://ow.ly/MsRHA
  • The session schedule is filling in for the Frontiers of Democracy conference, June 25-27. See the list so far at http://ow.ly/Mm3mI
  • Everyday Democracy on how to create spaces for all voices, in Baltimore and elsewhere – http://ow.ly/MlPFU
  • “‘When people have meaningful, productive roles in making public decisions and solving public problems, we get smarter, more equitable, more broadly supported public policies,’ says Leighninger” http://ow.ly/MfwKo
  • Peter Levine has been named associate dean of Tisch College; Kei Kawashima-Ginsberg will succeed him as CIRCLE director http://ow.ly/LZxq0
  • Peter Levine & Eric Liu find that no civic renewal organization “ has managed to be large, deep, diverse, and focused”  http://ow.ly/LYFZY
  • Martin Carcasson and Leah Sprain introduce “deliberative inquiry,” a theory designed to aid the work of practitioners – http://ow.ly/LVxEi “ Deliberative inquiry moves from a linear event-focused model where deliberation produces refined public opinion and decision outcomes to using deliberative principles to guide a cyclical learning process.”
  • The Democracy Fund releases its first annual report – http://ow.ly/LSTQn
  • The National Conference on Citizenship will be held October 9 in DC – http://ow.ly/LPqcB
  • Laura Black, Tim Shaffer, and Nancy Thomas take stock of the field of public deliberation for JPD – http://ow.ly/LLqxF “Traditionally, journals haven’t played a central role in social change. But for JPD, we have the potential to do more than a traditional ‘academic’ journal. This is not to be interpreted as a diminishment of rigorous scholarship; instead, we see it as a commitment to making scholarship meaningful to people and communities.”
  • Submit lab ideas now for the World Forum for Democracy 2015. Theme: “Freedom vs control: For a democratic response” http://ow.ly/LBJlk
  • “The future of journalism and the future of civic engagement are closely intertwined.” http://ow.ly/LpZUO
  • Combining thick and thin engagement in budgeting through a new tool, Balancing Act – http://ow.ly/Ln4PG @BalancingActEP
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