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New eJournal of Public Affairs Issue on Social Entrepreneurship

eJournal with tag lineVolume 2, Issue 3 of the eJournal of Public Affairs, a collaborative effort of ADP and Missouri State University, is a special issue on Social Entrepreneurship. This is the first truly multimedia issue and it will, to paraphrase an editorial board member, tug at you both intellectually and emotionally.

This special issue of the eJournal is intended to tap into the multidisciplinary energy and vision of this publication, by focusing on a topic that has the potential to be a “game changer” in higher education: the social entrepreneurship movement. In his recent book, Social Entrepreneurship: A Grassroots Revolution, Keith Campbell argues that the movement is, in some ways, largely uncomplicated. “It involves people who care about some category of people, stepping forward to make a difference. That’s the revolution.” Without doubt, this simple definition envelopes almost all social entrepreneurs, certainly as they understand themselves. Yet this issue aims to provide examples of the ideal – caring for others, turning a profit, making a difference – in order to illuminate the complexities of motivations, engagement, and the contested landscape of definition.

Dec 20, 2013 • Vol 2, Issue 3

Opening Essay
Darrell A. Hamlin

Why We Must All Teach Social Entrepreneurship
Amy Jordan

Community-Engaged Impact Entrepreneurship: Organizing Reciprocal Partnerships for a more Democratic Economy
Brandon Kliewer, Elizabeth Quinter and Sarah Neat

Warm Heart Video
Michael Shafer, Ken Gilmore, Cecilia Orphan and Anne Bannister

Book Review: Learning to Change the World: The Social Impact of One Laptop per Child
Claire Wilker

Feature Videos on Social Entrepreneurship in Springfield, Missouri
Dana Dominguez

Call for Submissions | eJournal of Public Affairs issue on “Beyond Sustainability”

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Call for Submission: Special Issue on “Beyond Sustainability”

Guest Editors Patrick J. Ashton and Matthew Kubik, Indiana University Purdue University Fort Wayne.
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Beyond SustainabilitySince the Brundtland Report first defined sustainable development in 1987 as “development which meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs” the discussion around sustainability has become richer and more all-encompassing. In light of current environmental, economic, and social crises, however, it has become clear that we must expand this dialogue even further.  We can no longer focus on merely sustaining what we have; we must instead recover, restore, revive, redevelop, renew, and regenerate our natural, social, and built environments to ensure future viability.  Thus we invite contributions from a broad range of disciplinary and interdisciplinary perspectives that address policies, programs, and development processes that advance our understanding of and movement toward the next steps beyond sustainability.

The eJournal of Public Affairs is a peer-reviewed, multidisciplinary, open-access electronic journal published by Missouri State University in partnership with the American Democracy Project. In this special issue possible topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Theoretical analysis and critique of sustainability paradigms
  • Alternative paradigms beyond sustainability – e.g., regeneration
  • Alternative design methodologies – e.g., biomimicry, cradle to cradle, Jugaad
  • Issues of social and economic equity, both globally and domestically
  • Resource management, the built environment, and regeneration
  • Goals, methodology and outcomes of democratic design dialogues
  • Description and analysis of urban guerilla design initiatives
  • Higher education roles and connections
  • Promoting public policies that go beyond sustainability
  • Emerging technologies of social and global communication: beyond sustainability

How to Submit:

Deadline to submit papers: February 28, 2014

See the guidelines for complete details about format and citation style:

eJournal of Public Affairs: Call for submissions for 2013 ADP National Meeting Presentations


Congratulations to all the presenters at the recent 2013 ADP/TDC National Meeting in Denver.  The eJournal of Public Affairs, a collaboration between Missouri State University and  ADP, invites presenters to submit their scholarship related to their conference presentations for publication.

You’ll find general submission guidelines for the eJournal here.

What We’re Reading: eCitizenship Special Issue of the eJournal of Public Affairs


Volume 2, Issue 1 of the eJournal of Public Affairs — a collaborative effort between Missouri State University and AASCU’s American Democracy Project was just released. This is a special issue dedicated to ADP’s eCitizenship Initiative and is guest edited by the Faculty Chair of eCitizenship, Mike Stout who is an associate professor of sociology at Missouri State.

This special issue contains a Guest Editor’s Introduction and three peer-reviewed articles that consider ways in which social media is being used to further civic learning goals. You’ll find abstracts of the introduction and the articles below and more information about ADP’s eCitizenship Initiative here.

Guest Editor’s Introduction

Guest Editor’s Introduction

Michael Stout, Ph.D.
Apr 29, 2013 • Vol 2, Issue 1
On occasion the eJournal of Public Affairs publishes special issues highlighting research and best practices related to American Democracy Project (ADP) initiatives. This special issue is organized around the ADP eCitizenship initiative and it highlights three projects that relate to ways social media technologies are being used to teach students civic skills on four college campuses in the United States.
Civil Dialogue for the Twenty-First Century: Two Models for Promoting Thoughtful Dialogue Around Current Issues on a College Campus

Civil Dialogue for the Twenty-First Century: Two Models for Promoting Thoughtful Dialogue Around Current Issues on a College Campus

Emma Humphries, Ph.D., Shelby Taylor and H. Anne Weiss
Apr 29, 2013 • Vol 2, Issue 1
This manuscript describes two models for promoting civil dialogue around important social and political issues on a college campus—Democracy Plaza at Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) and The Civil Debate Wall at the University of Florida (UF)— and examines the differing types of expression fostered by each platform, as well as the strengths and weaknesses of each platform. By doing so, it offers important insights for institutions of higher learning that seek to promote not just civil dialogue, but also a culture of civility and engagement, on their respective campuses. Whether armed with a budget of one million dollars or just one thousand dollars, campuses can and should create spaces for meaningful dialogue surrounding important issues.

iPolitics: Talking Government with the American Idol GenerationiPolitics: Talking Government with the American Idol Generation

William J. Miller, Ph.D.
Apr 29, 2013 • Vol 2, Issue 1
In 2008, Mark Bauerlein sent a shot across the bow of the Millennial generation, suggesting in The Dumbest Generation that no one in our country under the age of 30 could be trusted. Bauerlein warned that: Millennials “care about what occurred last week in the cafeteria, not what took place during the Great Depression…they heed the words of Facebook, not the Gettysburg Address.” Yet this should not be the case since the constant communication amongst their peer groups has made it so that “equipped with a Blackberry and laptop, sporting a flashy profile page and a blog…teenagers pass words and images back and forth 24/7.” In this article, I conduct a survey of Millennial college students to test their political knowledge and awareness in comparison to their understanding of pop culture. I then see how they respond to the unspoken challenge issued to them by Bauerlein.

Tomorrow’s People: Using Facebook to Advance Civic Engagement  and Global Learning in a First-Year Seminar

Tomorrow’s People: Using Facebook to Advance Civic Engagement and Global Learning in a First-Year Seminar

Carlton A. Usher II, Ph.D.

Apr 29, 2013 • Vol 2, Issue 1
This research examines the use of Facebook as an instructional tool in two first-year seminar courses during two consecutive years. The convergence of social media and in-class instruction throughout the semesters was examined to identify whether Facebook has positive utility in teaching and learning. The areas of convergence focused on two learning outcomes, global learning and civic awareness and engagement. In order to assess learning effectiveness and participation, student perception of the efficacy of convergence was collected using an automated response and data collection system. Additionally, pre- and post-course surveys, real-time assessment of learning goals, and a questionnaire on Facebook were used to assess Facebook utility. This research found a significant level of viability for Facebook in a first-year seminar course for students in transition. Accordingly this research offers the foundation for the use of Facebook as a pedagogical technique and how to best execute these learning opportunities. While research concerning Facebook utility appears to offer mixed assessment of value, these results are consistent with the ever-increasing evaluation that tends to offer a positive assessment of Facebook’s viability and effectiveness.
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