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Government, Governance, & Democracy

Introduction to Collaborative Discussion

Martin Luther King famously envisioned the ideal of a “beloved community” as a place not only desegregated by law but one integrated in spirit, a place where people of all walks, all beliefs, and all races live and work peacefully side by side. Nearly sixty years...

Future of Citizenship

What will citizenship of the future look like? Will global issues like climate change, food security, and human migration project us into greater global cooperation? Will this cooperation manifest as global conceptions of citizenship? Or, might we retract our sense...

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Invention, Innovation, and Intellectual Property

What does it mean to invent something?  Why is innovation important to us as individuals, to our economy, and our society overall?  How should our laws, regulations, and institutions be structured so as to best encourage, support, protect, and otherwise regulate...

Tomorrow’s News

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text] Project Manager/Facilitator:  Pete Shively Project update - Dec. 1, 2016:  This project's discussion guide, Tomorrow's News:  The Future of Journalism and Our News Media (28 pages/1MB), is now completed and available to either...

Crime & Punishment

Project Manager:  Pete Shively What is crime? What scares us about it and why? Which “anti-social” behaviors are deemed criminal and which aren’t and why? What causes crime: nature, nurture/environment, other? How and why do we treat violent crime differently than...

The United States’ Democratic Promise

Project Manager - Dennis Boyer December 2016 Update:  Recent events appear to have increased interest in this topic. To read Dennis Boyer's reflections on some of the recent discussions of this project, click on either following text link or on the blue button in...

Human Migration

Project Manager - Ieva Notturno Project Update (April 30, 2013):  This project's final discussion report, Human Migration:  Policy Possibilities for Public Discussion (28 pages/610 KB), is now available for download. Click on the preceding link or on the link in...

Future Possibilities for Civil Rights Policy

Project Manager – Sue Goodney Lea We hear a lot about civil rights. Some people say these rights embody the very soul or essence of our democracy and must be actively safeguarded. Others observe that these kinds of rights are spreading to other places around the...

Democratic Nation Building

Project Manager - Mark Notturno. The United States has long pursued a policy of building democratic governments abroad.  In addition to Germany and Japan, following World War II, over 80 countries have adopted some form of democracy since the mid 1970s with U.S....

The Future of Regulation

Project Manager – Dennis Boyer Many Citizens see regulation as a necessary evil in the conduct of government. There is a basic understanding that government operations have grown sufficiently complicated to require day-to-day supervision of many relationships and...