Live Discussion on Global Youth and Civic Engagement with Youth Leaders
This sounds so awesome!
“Under Secretary of State for Democracy and Global Affairs Maria Otero will deliver remarks and moderate at a roundtable on global youth and civic engagement at the U.S. Mission to the United Nations on Saturday, September 24, at 10:30 a.m. The panel, entitled “Youth Driving Change: Global Youth and Civic Engagement,” will bring together international youth leaders to discuss how young people around the world are transforming societies, shaping the debate on world issues, and engaging other youth in civic life.
Program panelists will include: Ronan Farrow, U.S. Special Advisor on Global Youth Issues, Allen Gannett, CEO, Future Civic Leaders; Jeremy Heimans, Co-founder, Avaaz.org; Riana Shah, Co-founder, Independent Thought & Social Action in India; and Kazem Hemeida, Business Development Manager, Dreams of Tomorrow Association.
The event is open to the public but requires an RSVP. Members of the public can RSVP on the web at http://globalyouth.eventbrite.com. The event will also be streamed live over the web at https://statedept.connectsolutions.com/unga. The panel will accept questions from Twitter under the hashtag #globalyouth and from the U.S. National Commission for UNESCO’s Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/US-National-Commission-for-Unesco/191521407555762.
Media are welcome - for further information please contact Mara Tekach at firstname.lastname@example.org.”
-Dept. of State email.
“Since the politically unengaged were not “sufficiently politically equipped to guide their judgments and actions by self-organized mature knowledge, the news article reinforcing political participation exerted profound pervasive impact on their behavioral intent,” the research concluded.”—
A new experimental study from Sungkyunkwan University finds that opinionated journalism boosts civic engagement. For those already political engaged, however, objective reporting was motivational.
Read through it here.
"Transforming Museums--To What End?"
Today’s post is about an article by Randi Korn, called “Transforming Museums—To What End?”
This article discusses how to evaluate success and impact in museums and the changes that must be made in order for museums to effectively measure their impact. Korn describes the conversations on accountability happening among government entities and private foundations, primarily in regards to funding. Korn claims that museums must shift their focus from outputs to impact, and elaborates on how museums may begin the process of changing the way they operate in order to shift that focus.
This article was very interesting to me. I think Korn made a lot of good points about how difficult it is to measure the impact of museums and the arts. I was actually surprised that looking at the impact of museums and how they are affecting people and making a difference in their community is a relatively new way of evaluating museums. I think it is much more important than looking at the number of visitors served or exhibits created or schools groups educated. This new focus on impact seems to place more emphasis on civic engagement and the museum’s role in the community, rather than the hierarchical, elite collections of culture that museums used to be (and still in many cases are).
Randi Korn outlined the process of shifting a museum’s focus toward impact. First, museum staff must collaborate in reexamining their mission statement as well as the essence of the museum. Next, they must realign practices and resources, modifying programs and only using resources for the programs that further the mission and have the greatest impact. Finally, the museum staff must engage in reflective practices together. I think this step is essential—there is no way to improve if you don’t evaluate your work and learn from your successes and failures. This step must also include the public voice. I think that this is a great way to start evaluating museums in a more effective way.
Korn didn’t spend much time discussing exactly how to measure impact, but I don’t think that was the point of the article. She did include the NSF’s five categories of impact, which include: awareness, knowledge, or understanding; engagement or interest; attitude; behavior; and skills. I think is a good list to start with, but I am interested in the specific details of how a museum would go about measuring their success. Clearly, changing the way a museum thinks about how they operate and evaluate success is a complicated process that requires a lot of hard work. However, I believe it is absolutely worth the effort and will probably result in a better, more successful museum.
Call for Application: Youth Initiative and Civic Engagement
Kamu ingin membuat perubahan sosial tapi belum tahu atau belum yakin caranya? Belum yakin perubahan apa yang mau dibuat?
Yuk, Ikuti Pelatihan Inisiatif Anak Muda dan Perubahan Sosial, yang merupakan pelatihan pengenalan tentang bagaimana kamu bisa melakukan perubahan sosial dengan mengenali situasi di sekitarmu, membangun kerjasama dengan siapa saja dan memilih perubahan apa yang akan kamu buat.
Kalau dulu kita mendengar orang berkata “anak muda adalah agen perubahan” maka yang terbayang di pikiran kita adalah gerakan mahasiswa yang aktif turun ke jalan di saat kondisi politik sedang memanas atau organisasi pemuda berbasis massa yang jumlahnya ribuan. Namun kini situasi sudah berubah. Global Youth Forum baru saja berlalu awal Desember 2012 yang lalu dan kita melihat ada begitu banyak anak muda yang muncul dengan inisiatif-inisiati segar untuk melakukan perubahan di sekitarnya. Anak muda yang aktif tersebut justru bukan datang dari organisasi kampus atau BEM atau Senat atau organisasi kepemudaan yang punya massa besar, mereka ini justru berasal dari individu atau kelompok yang punya kerinduan yang sama lalu memutuskan untuk melakukan sesuatu. Tentu saja ini perubahan positif di tengah hilangnya suara mahasiswa atau lenyapnya suara para mantan aktivis muda setelah mereka masuk ke dunia politik.
Sekarang semua orang bisa bikin perubahan walau nggak aktif di kampus atau bahkan tidak berstatus mahasiswa. Termasuk kamu bisa bikin perubahan sosial, tapi mungkin belum tahu caranya. Karena itu ikutilah pelatihan tentang “Inisiatif Anak Muda dan Perubahan Sosial” berikut ini:
Tanggal Pelatihan: 15-18 Februari 2013
Lokasi: Jakarta (detil tempat menyusul)
Penutupan pendaftaran: 18 Januari 2013
- Membantu anak muda melakukan analisa sosial terhadap persoalan sosial di sekitarnya
- Mengerti apa saja bentuk perubahan sosial
- Memilih perubahan sosial yang akan dilakukan, bagaimana dan dengan siapa melakukannya
- Menganalisa persoalan sosial
- Apa itu aktivisme dan kerja perubahan
- Mengenali kekuatan diri, mengumpulkan sumber daya dan jaringan
- Belajar sejumlah contoh aktivisme dan gerakan sosial
- Berjaringan dan membentuk kelompok kerja permanen (kelompok berbagi dan pendukung)
Siapa yang boleh mendaftar?
- Individu atau wakil organisasi anak muda.
- Berusia antara 15-30 tahun
- Tinggal di wilayah Republik Indonesia
- Kami mendorong terutama anak muda yang berasal dari kelompok disable/difable, LGBT, tinggal di wilayah Indonesia Timur atau yang jauh dari akses, dan dari kelompok minoritas lainnya untuk mengikuti pelatihan ini
- Kami tidak mensyaratkan agar calon peserta memiliki pengalaman melakukan perubahan sebelumnya, siapa saja dengan ide dan semangat yang besar didorong untuk mendaftar.
- Lengkapi formulir online ini:
- Bersedia menjadi kelompok kerja permanen dari jaringan anak muda Indonesia.
Pelatihan ini gratis dan terbuka untuk umum. Bagi peserta dari luar Jakarta, biaya akomodasi dan transportasi akan ditanggung oleh penyelenggara.
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The attacks in Tucson, Arizona are rattling. I am not certain if I can yet comprehend the incredible tragedy that has befallen the victims. I stared blankly at my television and my laptop in disbelief.
Many people, have expressed many thoughts on the Saturday’s events. Although I may just be adding on more voice in the cacophony I feel the need to speak about the consequences this event may have on civic engagement.
Gabrielle Giffords was, at least in part, targeted because of her civic engagement. Chief Judge John Roll and Gabriel Zimmerman were killed because they were civically engaged. Christina Green, 9; Dorothy Morris, 76; Dorwin Stoddard, 76; and Phyllis Schneck, 79 were killed because they were civically engaged.
The victims of this tragedy were targeted because they were engaged in their community and their country. Rep. Giffords was previously targeted when her offices were attacked after she voted for Health Care Reform. A bill with the sole intention of extending medical coverage to more Americans.
I have long felt a calling to public service, a desire to give back. I have always felt a desire to engage in my community, my country, and my world. I feel a deep, strong, desire to try to improve the human condition in whatever meaningful and small way I can.
But, I now have second thoughts. Is my life the price I would have to pay to try to make a difference? What cost must a person take on to stand up for what they think is right? I understand that there are times when you have to put your life on the line to fight for what you believe in, but is American politics or policy really the place where the ultimate sacrifice must be made? How can people express such hatred for a person who is only attempting to improve our nation by doing what she thinks is right? How can someone, to whatever level, be influenced by such hatred in attacking and killing civil servants and civically minded people?
Saturday’s tragedy may disempower countless people for wanting to live lives of virtue, lives dedicated to the public.
MindMixer & The Future of Urban Democracy
I don’t generally discuss my personal or professional life here at Secret Republic, but I happen to work with a startup that I sincerely believe could radically change the way we interact with our cities. You should know about it.
In April of 2011 I attended the American Planning Association’s annual conference in Boston. Tucked into the far end of a trade show floor was a booth labelled “MindMixer”. I’d heard the name before, but couldn’t recall where.
Turned out they were based in Omaha, Nebraska (the hometown of my better half), and had launched a very successful project there called “Pass the Potatoes” some months earlier. The project was a website that acted as a virtual town hall, where issues are raised by the city and citizens are given the opportunity to propose their ideas in a neutral and constructive format. It was such a simple concept addressing such a major breakdown in communication between government and citizenry that my first reaction was, “Wait, this doesn’t exist already?”
It didn’t. Now it does, and it’s been expanded and refined into a powerful civic engagement tool. Here’s a cheerfully whimsical video to explain a rather immense idea:
Civic Engagement Day
I will be at Planned Parenthood all day volunteering. I don’t know exactly what it entails, but I’m happy to help such a great group in any way I can. Yes, it was required, but I’m excited about it. And who knows, maybe I’ll love it so much I’ll continue volunteering there.
See ya later, Tumblr!