Citizen Solution and Core Civic Skills

Harry Boyte, in The Citizen Solution, identifies 10 key civic skills for doing public work. In our course this semester, we will discuss and practice 5 of those skills: doing one-on-one interviews mapping power and interests holding values house conversations doing public evaluation taking action If you were to add one of the skills remaining on Boyte’s list to our list, which one would it be? Why? How would it be helpful to the public life you would like to have?

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Democracy is the Road

Honors 303 is about democracy. If I said, borrowing from Gandhi, that “there is no road to democracy, democracy is the road,” what does that mean to you? How do you see that relating to the concept of public work that we’ve discussed in...

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Coming Soon! Clear Vision Empowerment Summit

The Clear Vision Eau Claire engagement initiative was launched in 2007 with a series of community stakeholder meetings facilitated by the National Civic League as part of a citizen led community visioning process. A diverse group of community members met at Peace Lutheran Church...

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Eau Claire Grade Level Reading Campaign

Henry Giraux observed in a recent essay that, “Democracies need informed citizens to make them work and they can only survive amid a formative culture that produces individuals willing to think critically, imagine otherwise and act responsibly.” An educated and informed citizenry begins with...

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Top 10 Tips for Political Apologies

Emily Yoffe, who writes the “Dear Prudence” column for Slate.com, recently posted advice for Rush Limbaugh on how not to apologize. While I’m not convinced the nation’s #1 Dittohead is likely to heed the advice in the future, I think there are some very...

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