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Civic engagement for sustainable, resilient, and just communities is a major component of American climate policy and can be aligned with many other climate tools in the coming decades. We cannot manage our persistent crisis of democracy unless we also engage everyday citizens, communities, and stakeholders in the ongoing work of climate resilience.
A former educator, college administrator, and assistant federal attorney, Sharon Davies draws on her past professional experiences at a critical moment for democracies around the globe in her new leadership position at the Kettering Foundation, a research organization that lifts up the collective power of citizens in a democracy to address issues of common concern and to shape their communities.
At a meeting of lawmakers from around the world, participants shared findings and stories from their work to engage community members in more productive, civil, and meaningful ways.
By spending time with police officers and describing what motivated them to join the force and to continue to improve their skills, the author humanizes and complicates a profession that is easy to stereotype. He provides an insider’s view of events in which officers used physical force to restrain people before they could harm themselves, family, or friends.
The capacity to build bridges is central to building and maintaining a truly inclusive, dynamic, and civil society. The Listen First Project is party of an effort to use collective impact as a strategy to energize organizations across the country.
Existing measures of civic engagement have centered on individual behavior and activity. A more useful way to understand civic engagement in a community context is by considering individual engagement as well as the extent to which communities can organize themselves to access resources and secure the services needed by their residents.
El Paso has implemented several strategies for educating people about the importance of vaccination and combatting misinformation. Having a variety of messengers also proved essential. We tasked local elected officials, subject-matter experts, celebrities, and sports stars with delivering specific messages to the communities in which they have influence through press briefings, commercials, interviews, and one-on-one interactions.
National Civic Review (Print ISSN 0027-9013, Online ISSN1542-7811) is published quarterly by the National Civic League, Copyright © 2023 National Civic League.