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News Summary

By Bob Melville | October 19, 2018 | Comments Off on News Summary
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Since 1968, has America made progress as a land of opportunity? Our future competitiveness will depend on people of color, but the American Dream remains out of reach for too many. Regardless of the source—the Census Bureau, Federal Reserve or Annie E. Casey Foundation—or the metric, the facts are clear. People of color face the…

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The Rise of Civic Tracking Systems

By Bob Melville | September 10, 2018 | Comments Off on The Rise of Civic Tracking Systems
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While civic tracking systems remain difficult to use, fund and sustain, a large (and growing) segment of the US population resides in communities with such systems. The question is not whether these rating systems will continue to grow, but whether we will find one that can easily and efficiently guide our future decisions

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Attaining America One Community at a Time

By Bob Melville | August 20, 2018 | Comments Off on Attaining America One Community at a Time
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As our interest in (and ignorance of) civic affairs declines, partisan noise muffles thoughtful voices. As we opt out of the civic enterprise, more power flows to wealthy elites. To realize America’s promise, we must systematically exploit new networks and technology—one community at a time

Civic Progress

Redefining Competitiveness as Progress

By Bob Melville | April 30, 2018 | Comments Off on Redefining Competitiveness as Progress
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As our interest in (and ignorance of) civic affairs declines, partisan noise muffles thoughtful voices. As we opt out of the civic enterprise, more power flows to wealthy elites. To realize America’s promise, we must systematically exploit new networks and technology—one community at a time.

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By Bob Melville | April 20, 2018 | Comments Off on News Summary
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Civic Engagement Views

By Bob Melville | February 13, 2018 | Comments Off on Civic Engagement Views
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Title Description Our op-ed pages carry the cries for action—populism, centrism, socialism, liberalism, conservatism and all manner of hybrid isms. Go left. Go right. Double down on the center. Each expert makes his or her case with varying degrees of persuasiveness, but most miss a fundamental point about America. We are not and have never…

Civic Progress Views

By Bob Melville | February 13, 2018 | Comments Off on Civic Progress Views
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  Title Description As Americans watch the 2018 Winter Olympics, we can count our blessings, and with good reason. Our ancestors have built—and given their lives to preserve—a land of freedom and affluence. With self-assurance, teamwork and timely investments, those who preceded us built a society to be envied. Each generation brought new energy and…

Governance Views

By Bob Melville | January 13, 2018 | Comments Off on Governance Views
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Title Description If it is true that no crisis should be wasted, it is equally true that no administration evades a crisis. Every public executive—governor, mayor or county executive—at some point in his or her term faces a crisis, be it an economic collapse, operating deficit, administrative scandal or angry electorate. Every small issue—economic, budgetary,…

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