Changes: Collaboration and Willpower for Civic Life

We're opening up the conversation. The community around Politicolor has always been at its best when it was able to exchange ideas, share experiences and think through all of that together. Activity here has been slow as Shellee consulted with community members to...

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Let’s Talk More: Bringing Ben Franklin Circles to Austin

As it turns out, the discussion about temperance wasn't as outdated as it seemed. Or boring! With five months behind us, the Ben Franklin Circle meeting in Austin continues to work to surprising conclusions. We started with temperance but have now made an inquiry of...

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#Charlottesville

#Charlottesville

It's time to act. Heather Heyer updated her Facebook page shortly before she was murdered by racial hate in Charlottesville this weekend. She added the quote, "If you aren't outraged, you aren't paying attention." Be outraged. Find a cause in your community and become...

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This Week’s Canvas: Something is Burning

This Week’s Canvas: Something is Burning

August 11, 2017 Returning to the fight to find something smart to read and we’re keeping our cool. No easy feat given the climate change report leaked recently suggests it’s nothing but record-setting high temps from here on out. Maybe devastation is the new black....

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National Academy 2017: Questions, Answers and More Questions

National Academy 2017: Questions, Answers and More Questions

In today’s political forum, no one is looking to start another argument. It's still true, however, that a good argument can make all the difference in what happens next. Good arguments require connecting ideas. Listening to one another and thinking through a logical...

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Civic Perspective and the Cosmos

Civic Perspective and the Cosmos

"'Come!' said Africanus, 'how long will your mind be chained to the Earth?'" Before setting out for Los Angeles, the scholars invited to the National Academy for Civics in Government read the Dream of Scipio. It's about finding perspective. Where you look for answers...

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We can judge our progress by the courage of our questions and the depth of our answers, our willingness to embrace what is true rather than what feels good.

—Carl Sagan

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