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Bay Area libraries launch news literacy initiative

It’s no secret that we’re fans of libraries. In case we needed another reason, Bay Area libraries are taking an exciting step to address news literacy and help prevent the spread of fake news. With assistance from Common Knowledge Group, Pacific Library Partnership (PLP) – a network of 42 Bay Area libraries – is launching a [...]

By | October 12th, 2017|Categories: Community Driven Design, Project Spotlight, Top|Tags: , |0 Comments

Home for All selects pilot cities in San Mateo County

Communities throughout the Bay Area are being challenged by how the increase in jobs outpaces increases in housing supply. To address the jobs/housing gap, the County of San Mateo convened a multi-sector task force, which has become the Home for All initiative. Led by County of San Mateo Supervisors Don Horsley and Warren Slocum, the Home [...]

By | October 12th, 2017|Categories: Project Spotlight, Top|Tags: , |0 Comments

New skills, new relationships: Reflecting on Libraries Lead the Way

Last fall Common Knowledge helped launch the Libraries Lead the Way community engagement and facilitation skills training with 11 teams in northern California. As we complete year end reports, there is much to be celebrate. We’ve seen librarians engage new members of their community, build stronger relationships with local partners and develop confidence in facilitating meaningful [...]

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." [...]

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

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 [...]

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