a stronger culture of citizenship
The Civic Collaboratory is a national network of catalytic leaders, from across the political spectrum and many domains – immigrant rights, veterans advocacy, civics education, voting reform, tech in government, arts and culture, worker organizing, corporate citizenship, and more. We meet quarterly and provide a common platform and project incubator for this diverse community of civic innovators.
We wanted to get folks talking about what it means to be an American —and how to live like a citizen. So we created a simple and fun ceremony, like the one immigrants go through when they become U.S. citizens, in which all of us get to renew our vows to America. Thousands of people across the country have taken the oath to become Sworn-Again Americans—you can too!Visit the Site
What is power? How is it exercised in civic life? Who has it and why? Such questions go to the heart of self-government — but most people are fundamentally illiterate in power. That’s why we’re creating an accessible, free curriculum on civic power. Here are two of our early products: the first of a series of animated TED-Ed videos on the sources of civic power; and a self-paced online course developed with the Aspen Institute and iTunesU on the crisis of citizenship in America today.TED-Ed videosiTunesU
We work with great partners to design and build learning sessions that promote the art of powerful citizenship. We’ve helped organize a White House Forum on Citizen Problem-Solving; a Hollywood convening with the Creative Artists Agency and UCLA on embedding civic storylines into television shows; and a national speaker series on reimagining the labor movement with SEIU Healthcare. With Define America, El Centro De La Raza and OneAmerica, we screened the film Documented. We’ve worked with the Downtown Project in Las Vegas to host a Catalyst Week of citizenship-themed events, and with Meetup to launch #MeetupMonday, a national series of neighbor-to-neighbor conversations on race and rebuilding community. We’re running a civic leadership program for Yale College undergraduates and we’ve developed a new civic leadership course for Arizona State University. New York’s 92 St Y is a deep partner on projects like the Ben Franklin Clubs, monthly circles of friends who gather as Franklin once did to intentionally cultivate civic virtues. And there’s more!