The League’s Civic Index: Measuring Your Community’s Capacity to Solve Problems and Thrive

May 12, 2019

By Doug Linkhart — President, National Civic League What makes some communities better able than others to solve the tough social, political, economic or physical challenges they face? This was...

A Job Well Done

January 29, 2019

Decatur City Manager Peggy Merriss is a model public servant. After 35 years of dedication to her community, Peggy has retired. After working her way up through the City of...

What if farmers and others in rural communities had more influence over the decisions that impact their lives?

October 24, 2018

With major changes in farming and food systems in the past century, the Interactivity Foundation recently published a discussion guide around rural communities and possible future directions with policy implications....

Realizing a More Inclusive Electorate: Identity, Knowledge, Mobilization

October 24, 2018

Donors and philanthropists should support organizations that carry out year-round civic engagement, leadership development, and capacity building in communities and within demographic groups that partisan campaigns often pass over, a...

“Democracy, Voting & Civic Duty: Motivating Quotations on Individual and Collective Responsibility.”

October 23, 2018

Do you need a dose of inspiration about the importance of civic engagement and democracy? If so, check out the e-book, “Democracy, Voting & Civic Duty: Motivating Quotations on Individual...

Gardening and Farming, the Original Community Building Efforts

September 25, 2018

Amid new technologies and ways of creating connections, a community garden harkens back to the shared task which gave rise to communities in the first place. The 10,000-year-old idea of...

Learning About Democratic Practices with City Managers

August 24, 2018

The National Civic League is working with the Charles F. Kettering Foundation to organize “learning exchanges” to explore the ways professional city managers engage with members of the public to...

Aurora Shows Off Diversity with Global Fest

August 24, 2018

By Aidan Muldoon, Youth Reporter Aurora, Colorado, a 2008 All-America City, recently hosted Global Fest, a large gathering of people of many races, nationalities and religions. With music, dancers and...

Civic Engagement in the News: 7 Recent Stories

August 23, 2018

With divisiveness permeating much of the national dialogue, the importance of civic engagement is being increasingly discussed as a solution in the media, college programs and podcasts. Check out some...

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