When I was a suburban public high school student in the early 1970s, as we neared graduation (which put us at or near the newly lowered voting age of 18) we were given a several-weeks-long unit in Social Studies that … Continue reading →
The phrases “civic participation” and “civic engagement” are used interchangeably. To my mind there is a very important distinction, however, in the role taken on by individuals when they “participate” in civic structures and activities, versus when they “engage” with each other to innovate and accelerate change in ways not contemplated by, perhaps not even sanctioned by, existing mechanisms, laws or social mores. Continue reading →
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