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Understanding Civic Engagement: The First Step to Getting What You Want

Posted by Steve Anderson on Thursday, September 10th, 2009

What will it take for more Americans to join in a national conversation about repairing our nation’s infrastructure?  Most Americans seem to agree there is indeed a problem, many problems, and that somebody must fix dangerous bridges, broken roads and dilapidated schools.  When the subjects of priority and funding are raised, almost everyone is leaving it to others. But, all Americans have a huge stake in this issue. What results should we seek and which are the most effective strategies to achieve them?

The well-respected nonpartisan nonprofit research organization, Public Agenda, provides learned insight on the nature of civic engagement.  Their mission is to “strengthen our democracy’s capacity to tackle tough public policy issues.”  At Infra Views, Public Agenda offers us their Top Ten List for better understanding Public Engagement.

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