Why We Shouldn’t Trust Markets with our Civic Life

"The marketization of everything sharpens the sting of inequality and its social and civic consequence." Michael Sandel In the past three decades, says Michael Sandel, the US has drifted from a market economy to a market society; it's fair to say that an American's experience of shared civic life depends on how…

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Democracy by Langston Hughes

    Google is paying homage to Langston Hughes with an excellent, animated Google Doodle. 113 years ago, Langston was born in Joplin, MO. The animated Google Doodle shows a caricature of Hughes and lines from his poem I Dream a World. Langston's contributions to the fabric of the world helped spark the consciousness of…

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Motivational Monday-Hacking and Democracy

[ted id=1933] Check out this awesome TedTalk by Catherine Bracy! Civic hacking is an awesome way to give citizens a voice and to connect with local governments!

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Motivational Monday: My Brother’s Keeper

My Brother's Keeper is an initiative of the Barack Obama Administration rooted in citizen participation. Philanthropic, business and community leaders have banned together to disrupt the status quo for boys and men or color and work towards a more equitable society for ALL people in America. My hope is that everyone involved…

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President Obama’s Speech at Nelson “Madiba” Mandela’s Memorial Service

President Obama gave a moving, personal speech at the memorial service for Nelson Madiba Mandela. The speech and transcript are below. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RTch7y1RzVE To Graça Machel and the Mandela family; to President Zuma and members of the government; to heads of states and government, past and present; distinguished guests -- it is a…

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