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"Some people openly advocate elite rule. They are both evil and foolish."
democracy  history  philosophy  epistocracy  experts  populism  citizenship  libertarianism 
july 2017 by tsuomela
Data for the Public Good - O'Reilly Media
As we move into an era of unprecedented volumes of data and computing power, the benefits aren't for business alone. Data can help citizens access government, hold it accountable and build new services to help themselves.

Simply making data available is not sufficient. The use of data for the public good is being driven by a distributed community of media, nonprofits, academics and civic advocates.

This report from O'Reilly Radar highlights the principles of data in the public good, and surveys areas where data is already being used to great effect, covering:

Consumer finance
Transit data
Government transparency
Data journalism
Aid and development
Crisis and emergency response
data  public  benefits  citizenship  citizen 
april 2012 by tsuomela
UnderstandingSociety: Possessive individualism
"C. B. Macpherson was a political philosopher who placed a genuinely novel interpretation on the history of political thought in The Political Theory of Possessive Individualism: Hobbes to Locke when the book appeared in 1962. Macpherson was a Canadian philosopher who influenced quite a few young scholars in the 1970s in North America and Great Britain. Macpherson offered the basis of a strong critique of a certain kind of liberalism -- the liberalism that places essentially the whole normative weight on the value of the individual and his/her liberties, and essentially no emphasis on the social obligations we all have towards each other."
political-science  sociology  history  liberalism  obligation  citizenship  community 
september 2011 by tsuomela
Michael Gerson - Two good arguments for civility - and passion - in politics
"Yet doubt becomes destructive as it reaches the center of a belief and becomes its substitute. A systematic skepticism may keep us from bothering our neighbor. It does not motivate a passion to fight for his or her dignity and rights. How do ambiguity and agnosticism result in dreams of justice, in altruism and honor, in sacrifices for the common good? What great reformers of American history can be explained by their elegant ambivalence? "
doubt  ambiguity  politics  morality  ethics  government  trust  behavior  citizenship  civility  religion 
january 2011 by tsuomela
A plain blog about politics: Be a Citizen, Not a Subject
What I'd say to them is: Barack Obama is not a king, and you are not a subject.  You are a citizen.  Act like it.  American political parties are extremely permeable: get active.  If things don't go your way, get more active.  If you've been active, stay in the game.  Expect disappointments -- you are one of 300 million, and many of them disagree with you.
politcal-science  politics  emotion  disappointment  citizenship  participation 
december 2010 by tsuomela
Citizen juries are vital for science policymaking - SciDev.Net
To this end, citizen consensus councils (CCCs), also known as 'citizen juries', offer a powerful implementation tool. CCCs, first developed in Denmark in the 1990s, are small groups of people brought together to debate key scientific or technological issues and propose policy responses.

Their members are either chosen at random or because together they are demographically representative of their communities.

CCCs hear evidence from a selection of experts and are professionally overseen to reach agreement on how to address the issue at hand. Their conclusions are sent to the relevant authorities and publicised within the populations they represent, usually through the press. They operate much like a jury in that, once their recommendations have been made, they are disbanded.
science  policy  public-policy  participation  citizenship  sts  decision-making 
may 2010 by tsuomela
Minnesota Active Citizenship Initiative
The mission of the Minnesota Active Citizenship Initiative (MACI) is to build a new base for policymaking in the state of Minnesota that places the obligation to govern justly and wisely in the role we all have as citizens.

MACI uses a civic organizing approach to recruit and develop a base of leaders. These leaders use democratic practices to strengthen their own institutions and work with leaders from other sector to build a civic infrastructure that fosters a just society.
minnesota  politics  citizenship  activism  learning  non-profit  civil-society  organizing  teaching 
march 2010 by tsuomela
National Civic League
The National Civic League (NCL) is America's original advocate for community democracy. It is a non-profit, non-partisan, membership organization dedicated to strengthening citizen democracy by transforming democratic institutions.
government  community  democracy  organizations  citizenship  civic  american 
february 2010 by tsuomela
NCOC - National Coneference on Citizenship
Founded in 1946 and chartered by the U.S. Congress in 1953, the National Conference on Citizenship (NCoC) is a leader in promoting our nation’s civic life. We track, measure and promote civic participation and engagement in partnership with other organizations on a bipartisan, collaborative basis. We focus on ways to enhance history and civics education, encourage national and community service, and promote greater participation in the political process.
politics  organizations  citizenship  democracy  america  government  civic 
february 2010 by tsuomela
Center for Collaborative Democracy | Constructive Solutions to Political Conflicts
The Center for Collaborative Democracy is a non-profit, nonpartisan, tax exempt 501 (c) 3 organization. Our mission is to develop innovative methods that will encourage Americans to participate constructively in civic life and will enable communities to reach optimal decisions on critical issues.

CCD grew out of the MIT-Harvard Public Disputes Program, which for two decades has refereed political conflicts from local housing battles to worldwide environmental clashes.
collaboration  public  policy  politics  reform  civic  civil-society  democracy  citizenship 
february 2010 by tsuomela
Get Ready To Be a Changemaker - The Conversation - Harvard Business Review
To be effective in this new world, you will need to master the skills of empathy and teamwork, as well as leadership and driving change. You will need to know how to function in a world that is not a hierarchy but a kaleidoscopic global team of teams, with no boundaries between sectors and change that happens at an escalating pace.

This is a rare moment in history. Are you ready to be a changemaker in the private sector, the citizen sector, or both? Do you and your employees have the necessary skills? How will you and your organization fit in this new world?
business  organization  business-model  citizenship  change  social-responsibility 
february 2010 by tsuomela » Commoners as an Emerging Political Force
Citizens do not need to be on the periphery any more. We don’t need to plead with politicians or the news media to express our feelings. We have the power to express our passions ourselves, on a global stage, and to initiate political action directly.
What’s significant about history-making citizenship is its challenge to the centralized bureaucracies of government and corporations. We commoners have some under-appreciated advantages over these dinosaurs, who are still trying to figure out how to operate on open platforms.
commons  politics  citizenship  participation 
august 2008 by tsuomela
The Civic Caucus
The Civic Caucus is a Minnesota based organization offering a new model for public affairs dialog,
minnesota  politics  citizenship  civics  dialogue 
august 2008 by tsuomela

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