Why Civic Forums?

  • Civic forums are the first step in rebuilding the civic disciplines we need to "think together"
  • We have largely lost this capability, and many of the challenges we face cross political and organizational boundaries.
  • In short, we need to collaborate to compete in today's global economy.
  • There's only one problem: We are not very good at collaborating.
  • Old habits, the loss of civility, the lack of  transparency all hinder formation of the innovative and dynamic collaborations we need to revitalize or education systems and our economy.
  • Civic forums provide the first step to learning how to innovate in the dynamic, open networks that characterize today's global economy.
Betsey Merkel,
Jul 16, 2010, 9:16 PM