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Civic Work, Civic Lessons explains how and why people of all ages, and particularly young people, should engage in public service. Its authors are 57 years apart in age, but united in their passion for public service. Their experiences range from volunteering, to non-profit work, to federal foreign aid.
The concern that the democratic purposes of higher education -- and its conception as a public good -- are being undermined, with the growing realization that existing structures are unsuited to addressing today's complex societal problems, and that our institutions are failing an increasingly diverse population, all give rise to questioning the current model of the university. This book presents the voices of a new generation of scholars, educators, and practitioners who are committed to civic renewal and the public purposes of higher education. They question existing policies, structures, and practices, and put forward new forms of engagement that can help to shape and transform higher education to align it with societal needs. The scholars featured in this book make the case for public scholarship and argue that, in order to strengthen the democratic purposes of higher education for a viable future that is relevant to the needs of a changing society, we must recognize and support new models of teaching and research, and the need for fundamental changes in the core practices, policies, and cultures of the academy. These scholars act on their values through collaboration, inclusiveness, participation, task sharing, and reciprocity in public problem solving. Central to their approach is an authentic respect for the expertise and experience that all stakeholders contribute to education, knowledge generation, and community building. This book offers a vision of the university as a part of an ecosystem of knowledge production, addressing public problems with the purpose of advancing a more inclusive, deliberative democracy; and explores the new paradigm for teaching, learning, and knowledge creation necessary to make it a reality.
The Kettering Foundation's research has been focused on putting the public back into the public's business for more than thirty years. Some questions that have recently been useful to Kettering researchers as the foundation focuses on its work with institutional actors--especially higher education and its relationship with the public--have emerged. They include: (1) Why doesn't higher education see the public we see? (2) How can higher education learn to see the public? and (3) How can the public become more visible to higher education? One answer to these questions is that higher education isn't looking for what Kettering is seeing. Instead, higher education is accustomed to seeing and relating to many publics. They see students and their parents as one public, focused--much like clients--on a return-on-investment metric. They also see the neighborhood or community around the university as another public, usually an adversary, rarely a partner. Increasingly, there appear to be exceptions to this sort of blindness to the public on the part of higher education. Stories from those who are committed to and wrestle with making the public more visible fill this issue of the "Higher Education Exchange." Following a foreword by Deborah Witte, articles include: (1) Reconstructing America's Public Life: An Interview (Thomas Bender); (2) Reinventing Citizenship As Public Work: Civic Learning for the Working World (Harry C. Boyte); (3) "Civic Work, Civic Lessons: Two Generations Reflect on Public Service": An Interview (Thomas Ehrlich and Ernestine Fu); (4) Rethinking Civic Engagement on Campus: The Overarching Potential of Deliberative Practice (Martin Carcasson); (5) Deliberative Pedagogy and the Community: Making the Connection (Nicholas V. Longo); (6) The Medium is the Message: An Israeli Experience with Deliberative Pedagogy (Edith Manosevitch); (7) Today's Civic Mission for Community Colleges (Sean Creighton); (8) "Real Social Science: Applied Phronesis" Edited by Bent Flyvbjerg, Todd Landman, and Sanford Schram (Alex Lovit); and (9) Engaging the Work Of Democracy (David Mathews). Individual articles contain references. [For "Higher Education Exchange, 2012," see ED539331.].
Drawing from numerous examples, including historical archaeology's study of race and labor, this book explores how archaeology and the wider heritage field can encourage working toward social and environmental justice and peacebuilding.
Agile Energy Systems: Global Distributed On-Site and Central Grid Power, Second Edition, offers new solutions to the structure of electricity provision made possible by new energy technologies. The book begins by showing how five precipitating forces led to the deregulation debacle in California, including major technological changes and commercialization, regulatory needs mismatched to societal adjustments, inadequate and flawed economic models, a lack of vision, goals, and planning that lead to energy failures, and questionable finance and lack of economic development. The second half of the book examines the civic market paradigm for new economic models and how to plan for complexity using California as an example of how the problem of centralized power systems can be seen in the worst drought that California has ever seen. Offers new approaches to energy systems, providing the tools and plans to achieve these objectives Presents specific and actionable public policy and program tools Illustrates how lessons learned from California can be used to create an agile energy system for any country
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"In September 2011, two leading civic engagement advocacy organizations headed, respectively, by Robert Putnam and Peter Levine released a joint report showing that a region's level of civic engagement was a strong predictor of its ability to recover from the Great Recession. This finding confirms what advocates of civic engagement have long hypothesized: that strengthening the networks between government and civil society and increasing citizen participation results in better government and better community outcomes. However, citizens concerned about the economic crisis need more than just deliberation or community organizing alone to achieve these outcomes. What they need, according to Peter Levine, is a movement devoted to civic renewal. Deliberative democracy-the idea that true democratic legitimacy derives from open, inclusive discussion and dialogue rather than simple voting-has become an extremely influential concept in the last two decades. In We Are the Ones We Have Been Waiting For, Peter Levine contends that effective deliberative democracy depends upon effective community advocacy. Deliberation, he shows, is most valuable when talk and debate are integrated into a community's everyday life. To illustrate how it works, Levine draws lessons from both community organizing and developmental psychology, and uses examples of successful efforts from communities across America as well as fledgling democracies in Africa and Eastern Europe. By engaging in this type of civic work, American citizens can meaningfully contribute to civic renewal, which, in turn, will address serious social problems that cannot be fixed in any other way"--

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