At school, my friends were just as engaged as the ninth graders on the bus had been. I'd always briefly commented on the
Ferdi had left his wife and two children in Turkey, hoping to reach Holland and then bring them over. When he reached Holland
First, I had to stop working because we couldn’t access the communities in the suburbs of Damascus once the conflict started
In the months after the 9/11 attacks, most Americans felt that the threats we faced from terrorists were limitless. Anything seemed possible if al-Qaeda militants could enter our country, learn to fly airplanes, and then crash commercial flights into the World Trade Center and Pentagon.
The use of a referendum in such high-profile ways, however, also suggests that governments must continue to examine and re-examine what it means to engage the public effectively--before a matter reaches the ballot. Are governments enabling those affected by decisions to affect those decisions, without ballots?
Research shows that campaigns that directly contact young people boost youth turnout. Knocking on young people's doors to talk about an election increases their turnout by about 25 percent.
Beyond the partisan divides around some of President Obama's policy proposals lies a compelling thought: regardless of the policy outcome, give ordinary people safer access to the process. That is an achievable goal--as demonstrated by the many governments who have made it so.
"It's not just your one ballot," Clarence explained. "You didn't show up to the public meeting to discuss your views. You
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The arguments for compulsory voting compare it to a civic duty not unlike taxation, compulsory education (for the good of the society), jury duty and military service.
Knowing that I am the beneficiary of such a huge investment of human and natural capital, how can I sit back and let it all go down under the cult of greed and personality to become an oligarchy?
New projects aim to increase civic engagement in the face of historically low voter turnout
On this July 4th, let's declare our independence from bad meetings. It's time to demand that we all be heard when we gather, not just on election day, but everyday.
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Whither Earth Day? Even as we speak about this little miracle of soil on which we spin and hurtle through space, its fate
Well, we hear a lot about challenges women face in their economic security, health, safety, education, gender equity. We want to hear your thoughts on these challenges, and more importantly, creative solutions that you and others can advance to support women and girls.
There is no better time to bring these approaches to bear, given the fragile state of our democracy. We must realize a shared approach to solving our shared problems that is neither top-down, nor bottom-up.
So, by all means, let's use data, let's set goals, and let's figure out what works. And at the same time, let's also re-commit ourselves to be discerning in how we pursue this path.
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The discrepancy between the U.S. and Europe in what concerns direct democracy is shocking and absurd in this day and age. Current electoral systems in Southern Europe are an assault on the ideal of a modern democracy.
A few days ago I was in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and saw multiple ads on the streets inviting citizens to gather in their
Turnout among young Americans who have been to college is significantly higher than among those without college experience