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Featured: Five Strategies to Revive Civic Communication

Civic Engagement and Community Information: Five Strategies to Revive Civic Communication, is a new policy paper by CIRCLE Director, Peter Levine.  It was released on June 10, 2011 in Chicago at a high-level roundtable discussion.  The report calls on community and elected leaders to adopt sensible strategies to strengthen civic communication and citizen engagement. The paper was commissioned by the Aspen Institute Communications and Society Program and the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.  It is the sixth in a series of white papers aimed at implementing the recommendations of the Knight Commission on the Information Needs of Communities in a Democracy.

The strategies posed in the report include reforming existing federal, state and local programs and institutions that could make significant contributions to the information environment and health of local communities through a Civic Information Corps; engaging young people in building the information and communication capacity of their communities; realigning incentives in higher education to turn these institutions into local information hubs; investing in public deliberations; and mapping the civic networks that exist in communities.

Click here to read the report online.

Click here to watch a video of CIRCLE director Peter Levine explaining the report:

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