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Community Driven Design Increases Voter Turnout

A student from Berkeley Reads looks over the 2016 Easy Voter Guide. "This one is a lot better than the other one," he said. "It is simpler to understand." Busting the apathy myth:  an origin story The seminal project that launched Common Knowledge over 20 years ago was the "Key to Community Voter Involvement Project." [...]

Recent Presentations

Common Knowledge facilitated a December 2016 offsite day for Code for America. The end of 2016 was full of workshops for the next generation of civic leaders. On November 3rd we presented a pre-summit workshop at the Code for America Summit in Oakland: The Next Generation of Community Engagement. There are an increasing number of new tools for [...]

The New Resume Project

More and more jobs are advertised online and computers are screening the resumes. Creating a resume that gets read and noticed is hard for anyone and can be especially challenging for adult literacy students. Research by the U.S. Department of Education indicates that nearly 25 percent of adults in California struggle with basic literacy skills. For [...]

By | October 6th, 2016|Categories: Project Spotlight, Top|Tags: , , |0 Comments

We Learned it at the Library

Common Knowledge was originally founded to put a more inclusive “public” in public participation. Over the years, we’ve grown to see it’s equally important to put more “unity” in community. At Common Knowledge, we’ve designed hundreds of programs and trainings that bring people together to listen together and learn together. This cumulative experience leads us to [...]

By | October 6th, 2016|Categories: Community Insights|Tags: |1 Comment

The Invisible Movement

Shhh…can you hear that? It’s the sound of an invisible movement. Over 33,000 people across the U.S. and Canada are engaging thousands – and, at times, millions — of people in doing something that most people have no idea is happening. What are they doing? They’re leading conversations – a different kind of conversation that challenges [...]

By | April 25th, 2016|Categories: Partner Profile|4 Comments

How does “Civic Innovation” connect with Community?

The proliferation of digital engagement tools and the broader civic innovation movement present an enormous opportunity for those of us interested in increasing civic and community engagement, especially at the local level.  A comprehensive study about the state of public participation in local decision making in California confirms that many local governments are stuck in the [...]

By | May 29th, 2014|Categories: Civic Tech|0 Comments

The Four-Fold Way of Community; the Legacy of Angeles Arrien

Angeles Arrien — beloved cross-cultural teacher and mentor to thousands — passed away on April 24th. I was one of the many thousands of people she touched deeply through her books, workshops and recordings. For years she embodied the wisdom she shared so generously, but it still seems tragic that she passed at the age of 74. [...]

By | May 24th, 2014|Categories: Inspiring People|0 Comments

Discovering the River of Talent

A few years ago, a new river was discovered:  the Rio Hamza in South America.  It runs the entire length of the Amazon River, 13,000 feet below.  It moves more slowly but is significantly wider.  It has been there all along. This is how we see the untapped talent in our communities.  It’s been there all [...]

By | October 14th, 2013|Categories: Civic Tech|0 Comments

Shared Frustration About the “Missing Public”

Are you frustrated about who shows up at public meetings – or, more importantly, who doesn’t? You’re not alone.  A comprehensive and innovative study about the state of public participation in local decision-making in California compared the views of 900 California city and county elected leaders and senior staff with the perspectives of 500 leaders of [...]

By | September 25th, 2013|Categories: Increasing Participation|0 Comments

Pioneering Forum on Public Employee Pensions

The Common Knowledge team supported Marin County officials in planning and facilitating a very well attended educational forum on sustainable public pensions on the evening of April 3rd, 2012.  County leaders were pleased with the opportunity to model successful community engagement practices around a difficult financial issue, and felt this event served as a positive pivot [...]

By | May 16th, 2012|Categories: Project Spotlight|0 Comments