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SO, BOTTOM LINE, WHAT'S REALLY WRONG IN AMERICA TODAY?

Political discourse is broken at local, state and national levels. Our top-down, money-driven, election-centered political discourse system is polarizing political discourse, alienating citizens and rendering governments dysfunctional.

HOW CAN AMERICA REPAIR ITSELF?

To fix itself, America can create an issue-centered alternative to its election-centered political discourse system: rule-governed, citizen-participatory political discourse that gives all members of a community (public officials included) an informed voice in solving problems, maximizing opportunities and restoring functionality to government at local, state and national levels.

2017 Fixing Washington

As an example, consider health care. Congress has left the American people voiceless in the so-called "heathcare debate". And it only gets worse. As Bloomberg BusinessWeek puts it: "By refusing to address the fundamental problems with the health care system, Congress is ignoring the tough question of how to fix it" (7/31/17). Polarized members of Congress are forced to vote on healthcare bills they haven't even read. This post-election piece 

2017 Fixing Illinois

After two years without a budget, Illinois finally has one. But its financial crisis continues. Two autocratic leaders, Governor Rauner and House Speaker Madigan, are widely faulted for this crisis. But also responsible is the absence of a political media - problem-solving public forums - designed to make the Governor and the Speaker Madigan responsive and accountable to the people of Illinois. This 2015 CCM piece shows how these forums could have resolved Illinois' crisis years ago.

2017 Fixing Chicago

Today Chicago is 
embroiled in multiple crises: a financial crisis, an education crisis and the youth violence epidemic that has cost it three generations of young people. These are losses on a wartime scale, and to many, the violence epidemic seems insoluble. Certainly no citywide solutions are coming from city leaders. Worse yet, Chicago lacks the public communications mechanisms that would enable its leaders and its people to find and implement viable solutions. Still, most Chicagoans continue to believe that violence can and must be solved. 

At Chicago Civic Media we are here to help communities solve problems. Our solution-generating processes are scalable: at local, state and national levels their participatory decision-making processes enable citizens and governments to discover, advance and implement best solutions to systemic problems like violence. In Chicago, they do so by giving all Chicagoans (public officials included) an informed voice in the ongoing (year round) search for solutions. These voter-driven, citizen-participatory processes are rule-governed in ways that earn the respect and trust of citizens. 

They work by tapping deep into the previously untapped power of Chicago's two most powerful forces for change and renewal: 
    • Citizens. The wisdom, experience and love of neighborhood and city of Chicago's 2.7 million residents (especially its young people, who are the primary perpetrators and victims of Chicago's gang and drug-driven violence). 
    • Media. The print and electronic media that comprise Chicago's all-powerful public communications system. 
To solve violence, the challenge before Chicago is to combine these two resources in ways that will transform the city from its present state as a global poster child for violence to a global leader in reducing and eliminating it. Below are three powerful formats developed at CCM, each one grounded in a specific medium. All three are at the same time designed to draw from and enhance the problem-solving capabilities of Chicago's multimedia public communications system.
    • Television. ChicagoFIXIT is introduced in this blog post in the context of the Trump presidencyReplicable in any city, ChicagoFIXIT is version, localized to Chicago, of America's Choice, CCM's 2006 proposal to use the full winner-selecting power of voter-driven reality TV to create an issue-centered, voter-driven decision-making process whose citizen-supported solutions that are non-binding and advisory to governments at local, state and national levels.
    • Internet. ChicagoWRKS.com is CCM's 2009 proposal to the Knight Foundation for a hyperlocal, online, interactive news generating and processing platform capable of enabling residents and public officials in each of Chicago's 76 neighborhood areas to "morph the news from reported negative story to productive, newsworthy outcome." 
    • Newspaper. Created in response to a widespread problem observed by public health professionals, Full Story reduces public ignorance of existing violence reduction resources by supplementing crime story reports of violence with Full Story information about existing resources in the afflicted neighborhood (drawn from the Full Story database) for readers to use to reduce violence at home and in their neighborhoods.
We look to the day when - perhaps only ten years from now - when citizens of Chicago, Illinois and America will take the same pride in these three communities that sports fans today take in their professional sports teams. In government, it's all a matter of belonging to a dynamic civic community whose leaders play by the rules and listen to the people. Simple as that. If all this sounds far fetched, just take a look at how hard sports icons like George Halas and Bill Veeck had to work a hundred years ago in order to secure the media attention they needed in order to grow a loyal fan base!  

CAREER AND CIVIC MEDIA WORK 

2017


2015
  • CCM is active with The Austin Voice, Illinois State Representative La Shawn K Ford, and other Austin leaders in creating and building the Parents Political University (PPU) of Austin. A brief history of PPU and all of its documents are housed as the website above.  
    • 2013 (since 2009) Instructor of English, Oakton Community College. A full account of my teaching is at Five Years at Oakton         See 2009 >>
    • Work with AUSTIN VOICE newspaper                             See 2014 >>
2013
  • Work with AUSTIN VOICE newspaper                             See 2013 >>
  • Operate writing services for students and small businesses:
2000's

2009
  • With team of six, submitted "ChicagoWRKS.com" proposal for an interactive hyperlocal/citywide news and information platform to Knight Foundation News Challenge. Platform has two functions: 
    • to enable Chicagoans of all ages and occupations to connect the information they generate on hyperlocal platforms like SeeClickFix and Everyblock with information generated in mainstream media. 
    • to enable Chicagoans (citizens and government) to identify, prioritizing and resolve issues (problems and opportunities) at neighborhood, area and citywide levels in the City of Chicago.                                                              For proposal, see 2009 >>
  • Instructor of English, Oakton Community College (2009-2013). Taught writing, poetry and literature courses.                                                         See "Five Years at Oakton >>
2006
  • 2006 -2009 Blog America's Choice proposes using prime time network TV to advance civic dialog in the United States. Houses treatment for America's Choice, a politically-themed reality TVprogram, the first half of which is posted here (other half is proprietary). Modeled on the interactive capabilities of shows like American Idol and Survivor, America's Choice uses two primary features of reality TV - viewer identification with compelling characters and viewer participation (by cell phone vote) in the vetting process - to provide and alternative to the existing ideological polarization, left and right, of present-day American civic discourse. In its quest to give Americans an informed voice in the political decisions that affect their lives, America's Choice attracts major advertisers by targeting the Market of the Whole of all Americans.                                                                    See 2006 >>
  • Advocacy for new Glenview Public Library                        See 2006 >>
2004
  •  Koenig & Strey Real Estate, Glenview, IL.  Broker/Realtor, 2004-2009
1990's

1999
  • May 15 50/50 Youth/Adult Media Conference held at Chicago Access Corp.
  • Jun -Aug Project '99 Center for Gifted, National Lewis College, Taught six week "Justice and Dissent" mock trial class.
  • Apr "U2 Youth /Adult Dialogues: A Multimedia Problem-Solving Civic Media for all 2.7 million Chicagoans by the end of 1999." Introduces concept of Market of the Whole as strategy for securing sponsors for problem solving, opportunity-maximizing ongoing media-based youth/adult civic dialogues.
1998 
  • Oct Olive Harvey College, City Colleges of Chicago. Adjunct Instructor in English. Taught reading writing courses. 
  • Jun - Aug Project '98 Center for Gifted, National Lewis College, Taught "Justice and Dissent" mock trial class.
  • Jan  Yale Club of Chicago, "Media-based school and police reform", led panel discussion with participants from the West Side and Chicago media.
1997
  • Jun  Keepin' it Real, school newspaper for John Marshall High School, 3250 West Adams Street, Chicago. Editorial Supervisor. With The Austin Voice, oversaw production of this 16-page, 40-photograph, student-written school paper, of which 6,000 copies were distributed at school and throughout the Marshall school community.                                                          
    • Paper credited by Marshall principal Donald Pittman with attracting 200 students to Marshall next fall. 
    • Project funded by Chicago Board of Education and in advertising secured by Marshall student ad salesmen from local businesses 
  • May Meeting at Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism to discuss Medill's recent study of the state of local Chicago TV news, as discussed in this column by Sun-Times media critic Robert Feder and this 1992 New York Times op ed piece by former president of PBS and NBS News Lawrence K. Grossman.   
  • Austin Youth Advisory Council. Scheduled and hosted monthly meetings of at-risk Austin youth and Austin 15th Police District Commander John Richardson aimed at building mutual respect and reducing police misconduct.
  • 1997-2002 Austin Drug Area Shutdown Program Partnership with THE AUSTIN VOICE and Chicago Civic Media. Worked with 15th District (Austin) Police Commander John Richardson and Austin citizens and community groups.                                   For full documentation see >>
    • Project objective: a media-enhanced community policing resulting in the identification and long-term shutdown of Austin's public drug dealing hot spots.
    • Held two public events attracting over 400 attendees, the largest such ever held in Austin.
    • With community and police input, developed a list of 71 public drug dealing areas. 
    • Devised quantified shutdown objectives, wrote newspaper articles, coordinated communication among The Austin Voice, WVON and WGCI-AM radio (The Cliff Kelley Show), The Chicago Sun-Times (columnist Dennis Byrne), network and cable television, 15th District police, and community groups.
1996 
  • Nov Midwest Radical Scholars Conference, Roosevelt University. Organized a 90-minute workshop on Media-based School Reform taped for Chicago Cable TV, hosted by WVON radio personality Cliff Kelley and held at Roosevelt University.                                                     See 1996 >> 
  • Jul Aug Produced and hosted two "Hear Me Now"Cable TV talk shows (60 and 30 minutes) featuring youth/adult dialogues. Shows repeatedly aired on Chicago Access Network (CAN TV).                                                               See 1996 >> 
  • Apr Aug "No Media Day" Flyers for one (Nielson rating) day boycott of Chicago media for its neglect of Chicago students working positively to protest                            See 1996 >>
  • Mar Prime Time Civic Media Bill. Based on the 1934 Federal Communications Charter vesting of ownership of the nation's broadcast airwaves in the American people, this Bill would require all radio and TV broadcast licensees, local and national, to set aside two weekly hours of prime-time air time for programming dedicated to making citizens and go vernment responsive and accountable to each other.
  • Feb Chicago Student Petition to the Chicago Media. Coordinator. Helped Chicago high student leaders develop a petition calling on the Chicago media to make allies of young people and adults in defining and solving the problems affecting the lives of Chicago youth.      See Petition 1996 >> 
1995
  • Nov Spent nine days in Guatemala City as member of Midwest Guatemala Support Network (GSN) election monitoring task force. Drafted 8-page Report on the Nov 12 Presidential Election. Helped distribute report via Internet to hundreds of peace groups worldwide. Secured coverage from Reuters International. See >>  
  • Jan Chicago LSC Student Representatives School Communications Bill. Supervised development of this bill by five student reps who conducted 30-minute interviews with 54  student LSC reps. Student reps deemed the provisions of this bill as critical to minimally effective student rep participation in Chicago's high school Local School Councils. Although interfered with enactment of this bill, it stands as a valuable resource for LSCs today.                            See 1995 Oct >>

1994
  • Oct 27 For the CityWide Coalition for School Reform, organized Two Education in Media Workshops held at the Citizens Schools Committee Conference held at Malcolm X College 
  • Chicago Education Network (CENter). This group of school reform activsts and educators, headquartered at Roosevelt University, spent six months exploring the possibility of an integrated, multi-media, education-centered network of public, community, online and mainstream Chicago media. Served as Board member, staff member. Had responsibilities for helping to craft mission statement, for developing and implementing the CENter network of cooperating media, and for securing  press coverage.
  • Run the first of seven marathons (four Marine Corps, three Chicago)
1993 
  • Oct "Modern Criticism and Fielding's Irony," paper presented at the annual conference of the Midwestern American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies, Toledo, Ohio. 
  • Oct 1993-May 1994 Chicago Education Network (CENter), affiliated with Roosevelt University
    • Member, Interim Board of Directors and NewsCENter Coordinator (full time position). 
    • Helped develop CENter mission statement and multimedia conceptual framework. As NewsCENter Coordinator, wrote stories and developed a comprehensive plan to integrate Chicago community newspapers with CENter's multimedia education forums.
  • Chicago New Media Coalition A project to advance the concept of media-based school reform. From it came proposals for the Chicago Town Meeting and the Chicago Newspaper Education Page. Endorsers include William F. Buckley, Prof. Noam Chomsky, and Rev. William Sloane Coffin.
  • Feb-Jun Thorp Elementary School, 86th and Buffalo, Chicago. Volunteer teacher's aid to "BD" (Behavior Disordered) class taught by Susan Nichols. Conducted biweekly tutoring and discussion sessions with all nine students, ages 11-14, diagnosed as behaviorally disordered. All came from troubled families and were affiliated with gangs. See 50-page Thorpe School Journal 1993 >>
1992
  • Nov 23  "The Chicago Town Meeting" Proposal for interactive TV programming addressing the problems that threaten Chicago area children, schools and neighborhoods", with contributions from past COS Superintendent Prof Charles Almo, past CPS board Member Martha Jantho and WVON radio personality Cliff Kelley.
  • May through Aug '93. LSC Student Representative Coalition convened by Emile Scheppers of the Citizens' Information Service
    • Worked with this group of 65 of the 73 student-elected representatives to Chicago's high school Local School Councils. (See 1995, School Communications Bill)
  • Mar I report on Mayor Richard M. Daley's remarks about gangs and drugs to fifty YMCA Youth Alderman at the Bismark Hotel, Chicago. 
1991 
1990
  • Oct 27 Citizens Schools Committee hosts Two Education in Media Workshops.
  • Summer Named Chair, Media Task Force of City-Wide Coalition for School Reform.                              See two publications, 1990 >>
1980's

1988
  • Founded precursor to Chicago Civic Media (CCM): Chicago Civic Media Project and National Education Dialogue. Director. CCM has pioneered the field of civic media in Chicago.
1987
  • Summer. With members of the City Club Education Committee, convened Chicago's three key public, private, and parochial school administrators and arranged for them to meet privately to prepare a plan for an ongoing citywide education dialogue (via radio & TV talk shows, newspaper op ed pieces) focused on the past, present and future of Chicago's schools.
    • Scheduled to be announced at a City Club luncheon in October, 1987, the this project was delayed and disrupted by the three-week CPS teacher strike of October 1987.

  • Instructor, Henry Fielding Seminar, Newberry Library Lyceum Seminars, Chicago.

  • Citizens Schools Committee. Board Member and member, 1987-91.
    • Organized the first-ever 1994 Chicago Mayoral Candidates Education Forum, 2/14/89.
    • Supervised publicity for 1990 CSC annual awards dinner and two 1990 CSC school reform conferences attracting a total of 1,700 participants.
1984 
  • 1984-96 member, Illinois Advisory Committee on NonPublic Schools (IACNPS)
    • served as 1986 Representative of the Independent Schools Association of the Central States (ISACS) to this statewide nonpublic school lobbying group. 
    • 1985 IACNPS representative to the Illinois Teacher of the Year selection committee
1981
  • 1981-1989 City Club of Chicago, Education Committee, Chairman. Club achievements >>
  • Letter of Reference from retired CPS principal Margaret Junker
1980
  • 1980-1986 Thomas Jefferson Academy, 1126 W. Grace Street, Chicago, an independent elementary school (K-8) for 80 Chicago boys and girls, Headmaster.
1970's

1979
  • Mar-Jul Romanek-Golub Real Estate, Chicago. Opened, staffed, and managed company's North Sheridan Road brokerage office. Held Illinois Broker's License #07507972.
1978
  • Apr-Jul Eleanor Palmer Day School at the Chicago Lighthouse for the Blind, Chicago. Volunteer Counselor at school for multiply handicapped children

1977
  • To 1980: Real Estate Sales: American Invsco (salesman), Arthur Rubloff (Residential Broker)
1974
  • Freelance Writer in Chicago (see credits opposite)
1971
  • 1971-1974 Northwestern University, Evanston, IL, Instructor in English.
  • Devised Innovative Introductory Studies writing courses for Freshmen:
    • "Family Affair" "Family in Crisis" (taught in sections of 25 to 750 students). Students read fictional and sociological accounts of the family and described their family experiences in class and in personal journals.
    • "Difficult Fictions" Novels of Sterne, Conrad, Kafka, and Beckett were read as critiques of modernism and its impact on individuals, families, and community. 
    • "Got to Be a Better Way" Students described firsthand experiences of institutional misconduct and devised remedies.
    • "On Death and Dying" student-initiated seminar reviewing end-of-life research of psychologist Elizabeth Kubler Ross of the University of Chicago.
  • Taught survey courses to undergraduate English majors in Medieval and Renaissance periods.
  • Organized the "February Fund" which collected and delivered several thousand dollars to the Unified Buddhists earmarked for relief of Vietnamese civilians disrupted by the Vietnam War.
1960's

1967
  • 1967-71 University of California at Berkeley
    • 1968 M.A. English
    • 1970 Created and led an English Graduate Student Support Group which polled all members of the four committees whose votes would be required to create an African American Studies Department at Berkeley. 
    • Jan-Jun McCarthy for President Campaign. Managed campaign office and the 400 volunteers participating in a get-out-the-vote effort.
1966
  • Summer. Worked as counselor at the Boston Area Seminar for International students (BASIS). This six week project helped to acclimate 50 newly arrived foreign graduate students to life in America. 
1965
  • 1965-66 Yale University, M.A.T., Honors. Concentration: English Literature. 
    • Studied Romantic poetry with Harold Bloom and modern literature with Charles Feidelson
    • Practicum teaching: Troup Jr. High School, New Haven. Taught English to 9th grade students diagnosed as slow learners.
    • Helped to organize at concert at Battell Chapel by renowned gospel singer Marion Williams. Sang gospel with the Original Golden Stars of New Haven, led by Rev. Jordan Langley. 
1964
  • 1964-65 Fulbright Teaching Fellowship to Nagpur, India. 
    • Taught English as a second language at Nagpur Mahividyala Government College to Hindi and Marathi-speaking students
    • Studied classical sitar under Anil K. Mukherjee. Met Pt. Ravi Shankar and Pt. Ali Akbar Khan. Introduced Ustad Halim Jaffer Khan to American black gospel quartet music.
1963 
  • Summer. Studied Spanish at Universidad Menendez-Pelayo, Santander, Spain.
1962 
  • Summer. Tutor (Latin) to son of William F. Paley, founder of CBS radio and TV networks
1961 
  • Summer. Operation Crossroads Africa, a precursor the Peace Corps founded by the Rev James Robinson. Built a Youth Center in the Mouyondzi, a small town in the bush country of the Congo Republic, with 20 Congolese and American students
1960
  • 1964-64 Harvard College, A.B. Cum Laude. Major: English Minor: Sociology. 
    • Charles Eliot Norton Medal awarded by Eliot House Master John Finley
    • Roomed with Chris Ohiri and lettered on Freshman and Varsity Soccer Ivy League Champion teams. See "The Angel Lion" Online (no photos) or downloadable scan (with photos).
    • Phillips Brooks House Prison Volunteer, three years at Mass. Correctional Institutions at Norfolk (Minimum Security) and Walpole (Maximum Security)
    • With classmates Don Bloch and Joe Porter, organized the first Eliot House Raft Race, held on the Charles river, an event that has become a Harvard tradition.
1950's

1959
  • 1959-60 College Americain a l'Universite de Montpellier, France, Certificat d'Etudes Francaises.
    • Apr '60 Championnat d'Epee, Region du Sud, Perpignon, age 18 and under, Finalist 
1953
  • 1953-59 Hopkins Grammar School, New Haven, CT
    • Student Government President 1958-59. Secured passage of a school drinking code following the alcohol-related death of a student at an off-campus drinking party.
      • 10 varsity letters over four years, a school record.
        • Soccer (MVP '59)
        • Fencing team coached by former Yale coach Robert "Papa" Grasson (team captain '59)
        • Track (mile, half mile)
        • Tennis
    • Literary Club, Stamp Club, Glee Club; studied 'cello and trumpet
    • Organized and performed with the D'Acchords, a DooWop acapella singing group 
1952
  • 6th grade. Year was spent abroad with family during father's sabbatical year: six months in Geneva and six months in Oxford, England.

1940's

1941
  • 6/20/41  Born New Haven, CT. 
    • Father: Richard B. Sewall, Yale English Professor, first master of Ezra Stiles College, and biographer of Emily Dickinson. Search for "Sewall" in this Brief history of the Yale English Department by Paul A. Fry.
    • Mother: Mathilde Parmelee Sewall, artist and co-founder of the Creative Arts Workshop, New Haven CT. Potter, sculptor, painter, woodcarver, ceramacist
    • Brothers:
      • Rick Sewall Rick Sewall played soccer four years at Yale University (1961 to 1965), nine years semi-pro for New Haven City (1966 to 1974), three years on the Connecticut Senior All-Star team (1972 to 1974), one year for the Boston Minutemen (1975), three years for Framingham Belenenses (LASA League, 1980 to 1982), and many years of over-30 and over-40. He has coached at all levels from kindergarten through college, including Boston Latin High School from 1986 to 1999 and girls’ club soccer from 1991 to 2005 (including two Mass. state championships) and runs camps and clinics focusing on technical training. A USSF B licensed coach, he was taught by, played with, and has coached with and for Hubert Vogelsinger, his primary soccer mentor, for over 40 years.
        • Writing for New England Soccer Today here and here.
      • Dave Sewall 
        • Artist, comedian (appearances on the Merv Griffen Show in the early 1970's), violinist (performed with The Kinks and other groups).



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"St. Peter, Fisher of Men" Wood Carving by Til Sewall
 





CIVIC MEDIA WRITINGS AND PUBLICATIONS (BY YEAR)
 Note: Chicago items are red, national items are in blue.
  
2017 
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The Future of American Political Discourse?
It Could Be Here.
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  • July 28 Proposal to Chicago Google Developers Group. Here's our pitch: Chicago is presently the poster child for urban violence in America. That's the downside. The upside is that Chicago is poised to solve its violence problem and to show other American cities how they can do likewise. In this talk, I'll propose that GDG invite Google to help Chicago digitally reinvent itself so the city can more effectively address its violence crisis. Specifically, I'll suggest that GDG ask Google to support the work of Chicago coders in creating and maintaining Google sites and databases of violence reduction resources that will give all Chicagoans the information, resources and public forums they need in order first to turn the corner on Chicago's violence and then to make Chicago a safe place to live, work, visit and raise a family in. This is a game-changing idea. It will change media coverage of violence in Chicago. See ChicagoCivicMedia.com

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On July 1 Greg Hinz wrote in Crain's Chicago Business that broken government in Springfield and Washington is due to a lack of good old-fashioned dealmakers. In response, I arguein this Medium post that good government in a digital age requires political discourse that makes politicians and citizens responsive and accountable to each other shaping the best futures of their communities at local, state and national levels.
  • June 13 These two short "Ready to Rumble" videos by CCM Director Steve Sewall set the stage for how America can save its failed bi-partisan, election-centered political discourse system. The solution is to supplement this polarizing discourse with issue-centered discourse that de-polarizes politics by making citizens and governments responsive and accountable to each other. So are ready to rumble? If so, center stage are transformative Civic Media formats, below, that we've developed over the years:  

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INFOGRAPHIC 
Could This Be the Recent Past and Near Future of American Political Discourse?
(The aim of the second is to restore integrity and functionality to the first.)

Apr 21  The Plight of Political Discourse in Chicago, Illustrated... This short, polemical blog post sets the YouTube video of the April 4, 2017 Sun-Times interview of Mayor Emanuel in the larger context of how Chicago's print/electronic media could be used to strengthen Chicago by improving two-way communication between Chicagoan and City Hall. 
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2016

  • Nov 8  Towards a Non-Partisan, Issue-Centered, Outcome-Oriented Political Discourse System for America This election-eve piece bypassed the question of who would win the election in order to raise and answer a larger and, I think, more important question: "The first step towards the restoration of functionality to American politics is general agreement on the nature of our existing political discourse system and why it is failing us so disastrously at local, state and national levels".
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For our purposes here, it matters NOT who won the election!
  • Jun 14 Chicago: Tipping Point or Turning Point? Set in year 2026, this 600-word future history shows how a new kind of political media enabled Chicago, Illinois and the United States to reverse decades of political polarization and government dysfunction.
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2015
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2014
  • Dec 2.  3800 word article "Chicago Flashback: How Daniel Burnham, redivivus, inspired the Chicago Tribune's New Plan of Chicago."
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  For what purpose was this ornate 8-windowed inner sanctum placed 
at the top of Gothic the Tribune Tower? It's all laid out here!  
  • Sep 6.  The Flyer below is for the half-day conference of the Parents Political University in Austin.
Austin Voice flyer for the Sep 6 Parents Political University Conference
  • CCM is active with The Austin Voice, Illinois State Representative La Shawn K Ford, and other Austin leaders in creating and building the Parents Political University (PPU) of Austin. A brief history of PPU and all of its documents are housed as the website above.  
  • May 14 (ongoing) Running commentary on the state of Chicago media and Chicago civic discourse is at Chicago Civic Media.com. Recent emphasis is on the Chicago Tribune's "New Plan of Chicago": its strengths, weakness, and reception by the public.
  • May 13 Suggestion in response to this May 12 video of senior staff and writers of the Chicago Sun-Times participating in the Chicago Community Trust's On The Table event.
  • May 12 CCM creates Table #16 at Billy Goat's tavern in the Look as part of the Chicago Community Trust's "On The Table" event inviting 10,000 Chicagoans to "Pull up a chair and plan Chicago's future"
    • CCT pagefor Table #16
    • Post-mortem of the On The Table event posted at CCM Blog.
    • CCM's answers to the question we put to our eight guests on May 12: How can dynamic uses of PRINT and ELECTRONIC media empower CHICAGOANS OF ALL AGES to address YOUTH VIOLENCE as no American city has ever done before?
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  • Feb 24  "Bottom Up, Top Down, and In Between:Thoughts on the Chicago Tribune’s “New Plan of Chicago”, a 4,000 word article arguing that youth violence in Chicago has always, and equally, been a public safety (police) problem, a public health (medical) problem and a public communications (media) problem.
  • The Austin Compact, Parts I and II
    • Dec 31 2013 Austin Compact I: Informal three-page Email to Harvard Club President Ked Fairbank and Harvard Sociologist Felton Earls proposing the Austin Compact:
    • Jun 17 2014 Austin Compact II: Five-page "Future History", "The Austin Compact: Looking Back from 2025" that gives a sunny account from the year 2525 of the ten-year progress of the The Austin Compact following its implementation by Austin residents and leaders in 2015.
    • Jun 17 2014 This account describes the outcomes to date of the The Austin Compact.
2013
  • Instructor of English, Oakton Community College (2009-2013). A full account of my teaching is at Five Years at Oakton.
  • Work with AUSTIN VOICE
    • Nov 20 Police Misconduct meeting (download flyer).
    • Jul 7 Secured coverage by Sun-Times columnist Mary Mitchell of AUSTIN VOICE picnic for Maniac Insane Gangster Disciple gang members (the Insanes are rivals to the so-called L Street Crew whose territory on North Ave is east of 53rd Street dividing line that divides these two groups). Members of the L Street Crew work for the the AUSTIN VOICE, whose offices are 5236 W North Ave.   
2012
  • Blog Weathering the Storm. "The World Since the Global Meltdown of 2007-2008", maintained since 2008. An English teacher's foray into the essential if dismal science of economics, informed by the writings of Michael Hudson, John Authers. Martin Wolf, Peter Coy, Charles R. Morris, Floyd Norris, Saskia Sassen, Yves Smith, Larry "King Dollar" Kudlow, Mike Whitney, David Brooks, John Bogle, David Cay Johnston, and Steve Randy Waldman.
  • Sep CCM America's Choice blog post calls for an a new, citizen-participatory approach to Chicago's gang/drug problem fueled by a Daniel Burnham-scale transformation of Chicago's media.
2011
  • Jan Blog The New Vulgate refers to Chicago Reader 40th Anniversary post and quotes from "Inside the Challenge, 1972" by Steve Sewall & Olimpia Guerriero. (scroll down to post)
2009
  • May Daily Kos article, "Yale, Harvard, Political Dynasty and the Case for Civic Media"
  • Chicagowrks.com
    • Jan  "ChicagoWRKS.com" proposal for an interactive citywide hyperlocal news and information platform to submitted to the Knight Foundation News Challenge
  • WRKS Flyer showing how Chicagoans can use the WRKS.com site
    2007
  • Jan Science Blogs "American Whitewash: Michael Barone's Meanduring Return to Royalism", my Response Barone's accemptance of political dynasty in his "Royalism in American Politics"
    2006
  • America's Choice
2005
2003 - 2004
1999
1998
  • Dec 14  Supplied Chicago Sun-Times columnist Dennis Byrne with idea and information for column, "Taking back streets in Austin" commending the Austin Drug Area Shutdown program.

1997

  • West Side Drug Area Shutdown Project materials are here.
  • Jun "Keepin' It Real" 16 page Marshall High School school newspaper
    • All sixteen pages of the paper are here
    • "Undiscovered Iz Me" poem by Marshall Sophomore Shannon Phillips that speaks to the spirit that imbued this newspaper and the potential of this school.
    • Dec 12  Chicago Reader. In his "Hot Type"; column "Who Killed Marshall High's Newspaper," media writer Michael Miner describes "Keepin' It Real" as "a blessing to a troubled school". 
    • Jan 1998 Chicago Reader cover story by Grant Pick, "Black and White and Feared All Over", on AUSTIN VOICE editor Brad Cummings asserts that "Keepin' It Real" delighted both the Marshall administration and its student writers and editors."

1996

  • Nov 16 Civic Media Workshop at Midwest Radical Scholars Conference
  • Oct Chicago Reader, Letter to the Editor written in defense of WVON talk radio in response to a column by media critic Michael Miner
    • Letter is quoted by Catherine Squires in her article, "Black Audiences, Past and Present: Commonsense Media Critics and Activists"
  • Jul 26 1996 - 1997 - 1998 Three early versions of the main home page of the Chicago Civic Media Project website produced using an Hot Dog HTML editor after a 1994 course taken at Columbia College.
  • Run-up to 1996 Democratic National Convention Secured extensive publicity for CCMP, Student Alliance, and other groups in Chicago Defender, Chicago Sun-Times, WVON and WGCI radio, and Chicago Access Cable TV.

1995

1994

1993

  • Dec National Education Dialogue. Ten page New Media Letter signed by twelve local and national educators and journalists sent to six recipients.
  • Oct Chicago Reader "Reader to Reader" feature: brief piece recounting the interactions of a teacher with his students.
  • Jan-Jun Thorp Elementary School Journal (50 pages) A diary of my six months of volunteer in a class of a dozen students diagnosed as behavior disordered ("BD") in this school at 86th and Buffalo on Chicago's far south side.
  • Sep 19  Op Ed "City Students Can Have an Impact" appears in Chicago Sun-Times.

1992

  • Dec  Primary author of Chicago Town Meeting, proposal for a weekly televised public forums integrating features of the traditional New England Town Meeting and the modern TV talk show.
  • Sep 19 Chicago Sun-Times OpEd "What Should We Do to Upgrade Schools?" has a brief account of Mayor Daley's remarks to the Youth Aldermen.
    • 2014 My Full Account of Mayor Richard M. Daley's March 12 1992 remarks to fifty YMCA Youth Alderman at the Bismark Hotel, Chicago

1991

  • Nov  With fellow school reformers Jerry Edwards and Dan Donegan, Initiated weekly column for community newspapers, "Let's Talk Education," that ran for a year in the Southwest News-Herald and The Austin Voice.

1990

1989 

  • Oct 6 Primary author of the Chicago Education Page, a 22-page proposal for an ongoing reader-participatory newspaper education section, comparable to a business or sports page, written with the input of Chicago's three key school administrators, public (Charles Almo), parochial (Sr. Mary Brian Costello), and nonpublic (IACNPS Chairman Alvin Vanden Bosch).
    • Submitted proposal to the Chicago Defender,
    • SubmittedChicago Sun-Times (Publisher Charles Price) and, in the company of the three above-named key administrators, with Publisher James Squires of the Chicago Tribune, who declared flatly that this page "would be a waste of your time and my paper".
    • Sun-Times publisher Charles Price thought otherwise. Here is the cover page of our proposal, with his ("C.P.") note to his staff: "There is much food for thought here".  Price, however, would left the Sun-Times after the paper was sold to an out-of-state buyer in 1991, as I recall.
  • Sep 22  Sun-Times "Get Out the Vote" Supplement Conceived of and advocated to  Sun-Times Publisher Charles Price this special 20-page newspaper supplement, 400,000 copies of which appeared in the 9/22/89 edition of the Sun-Times. This supplement was widely credited by school reformers with increasing voter turnout and LSC candidacies that marked Chicago's first highly successful LSC elections.

1988

  • Nov Wrote Education and Economy in the Information Age, unpublished 50-page monograph.

1984

  • Nov 6 OpEd co-authored with historian of Chicago Kenan Heise, "A Mary Herrick Sampler," Chicago Tribune, based on her The Chicago Schools: A Social and Political History (1979), the finest history of a major city school system ever written.

1980

  • Thomas Jefferson Academy
    • 1984 Cartoon by gifted sixth grade TJA student Leonard Pugh
    • 1983 TJA Brochure Cover and Inside
    • 1983 "New School For Chicago" article written for Hopkins Alumni Magazine (my alma mater)
    • Jul 25 Front-page Chicago Tribune column by Jack Mabley "It's Back to Basics for private school" introduces Thomas Jefferson Academy to Tribune readers.
1975
  • Chicago Daily News, "How Crime Rides the Night El" written following 80 nights spent riding the Howard/Jackson-Englewood (now Red Line) El interviewing conductors, motormen, passengers and pickpockets known as jackrollers
1972
  • Chicago Reader, Inside the Challenge cover story describing maverick attorney Wayne Whelan's challenge to Daley delegates on behalf of the McGovern slate at the 1972 Democratic Convention. Download pdf.
1964
  • Story of the lost journal that fell out the window of an overnight train running along the Chennai (Madras) to Bangalore line in South India. 

Yale English Professor Richard B. Sewall, at age 40

The Vision of Tragedy, adapted from his lectures on his Yale course on tragedy.

Wikipedia entry


Richard B. Sewall, at age 75
"Yale and the Modern World" (2004) my 30-page memoir describing my father's 42-year teaching career at Yale University, my coming of age in the Yale community and my last days with him.