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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 these adults, searching for [...]

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

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 one powerful conclusion: greater [...]

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

Feeling overwhelmed by a bloated ballot? Turn to the Easy Voter Guide

This is not a test. Before joining Common Knowledge, I served as a high school special education teacher. My students were caring, intelligent and incredibly hard working, but nearly all felt anxious when it came time to take tests. At Common Knowledge, we believe that voting shouldn’t feel like a test. Even so, I know that many voters feel overwhelmed [...]

By | October 5th, 2016|Categories: Project Spotlight|Tags: |

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|