- Democracy is in dissent. Democracy is in resistance. Democracy doesn't come from the top, it comes from the bottom.
-- Howard Zinn in the documentary film The People Speak
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 →