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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 the assumption that our [...]

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

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 spiral of only seeing [...]

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

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. Instead of a memorial [...]

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

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 along, hidden in plain [...]

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

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 civic organizations.  Sponsored by The [...]

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

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 point for future Board [...]

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