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Finding Common Ground on Housing

Communities across California are being challenged by rising housing costs. For example, in reports about recently released data from the California Realtor’s Association, only 27% of Californians have adequate income to buy a median-priced home. That’s less than half the 56% peak rate in the first quarter of 2012. In California’s San Mateo County, the rate [...]

By | November 19th, 2018|Categories: Community Driven Design, Project Spotlight, Top|Tags: , |0 Comments

New Tools to Navigate the News

Common Knowledge was pleased to partner with the Pacific Library Partnership (PLP) to help design the recently launched News Literacy Toolkit with resources for librarians as well as the community at large. The array of free materials was developed with a multi-level “community-driven design” approach that began with a survey and regional forum of library leaders [...]

By | November 19th, 2018|Categories: Community Driven Design, Project Spotlight, Top|Tags: , |0 Comments

An Update on 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 | November 12th, 2018|Categories: Project Spotlight, Top|Tags: , , |0 Comments

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

Free Webinars about Listening and Facilitation

Listening is one of those skills we use all the time, but usually not very well. There is a difference between authentic listening and waiting for the other person to finish talking so you can get your turn to speak. In a debate, we selectively listen for the “weak points” in the other person’s thoughts so [...]

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." [...]

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