2015

Hacking the Hill: #Hack4Congress helps unlock the power of democratic participation

Hacking the Hill: #Hack4Congress helps unlock the power of democratic participation

March 17, 2015

By Dan Harsha, Associate Director for Communications

While the founders of the American republic may have conceived Congress as the linchpin of our democracy – the branch of government closest and most responsible to the people – few would argue that our contemporary Congress shares much in common with this early republican ideal.

The partisanship slowing the legislative process to a grind, doused with ample helpings of nearly unlimited campaign contributions thanks to Citizens United, has soured much of the American public on Congress,...

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Marshall Ganz’s Students Spread the Power of Community Organizing across the Globe

Marshall Ganz’s Students Spread the Power of Community Organizing across the Globe

March 9, 2015

By Maisie O'Brien, Communications Coordinator

Fifty nonprofit leaders, social movement activists, and public-sector officials from across Japan convened in Tokyo in December 2014 to learn some of the leadership strategies and organizing techniques employed successfully in the U.S. and elsewhere.

Hosted by Community Organizing Japan (COJ), the event was something of a novelty in a nation reputed to have little tradition of civic engagement. Participants were encouraged to step outside...

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