Meet a Civvys Winner: Make Shift Coffee House

The 2019 American Civic Collaboration Awards winners, like the Civvys winners in previous years, provide a blueprint for the rest of the nation as they problem-solve how to make our differences work for us, not against us. They use collaboration to build a stronger future, and encompass a civic imagination that inspires and ignites action. 

Let us introduce you to one of our 2019 winners, in the Committee's Choice category: Make Shift Coffee House.

IMG_4297.jpgCraig Freshley, founder of Make Shift Coffee House, accepts the award - with a ukelele!

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Meet a Civvys Winner: Generation Nation

We celebrated all 2019 Civvys Awards finalists and winners at the National Conference on Citizenship in late October. Civvys winners represent exemplar cases of civic-oriented work that elevate democracy at every level of American life — through collaboration. By working together across divides, geographies, industries, circumstances— these organizations provide a blueprint for the rest of the nation as they problem-solve how to make our differences work for us, not against us. 

Read on for a brief interview with our 2019 Youth category winner, Generation Nation, and to learn more about their work and hopes for the future.

IMG_4267.jpgGeneration Nation alum Joel Odom accepts the 2019 Civvys award.

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Meet a Civvys Winner: RISE Colorado

In its third year, the American Civic Collaboration Awards continue to highlight outstanding efforts of civic collaboration making impacts in local, national and youth communities. 

We celebrated all winners and finalists in an awards ceremony at the National Conference on Citizenship in October. 

This year's Local category winner was RISE Colorado

We asked RISE to answer a few questions about what it means to win a Civvys award, their work and their hopes for the future. Read on for a brief interview and to learn more about RISE Colorado.

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Celebrating the 2019 Civvys Finalists and Winners

Once again this year we will celebrate the winners, finalists and honorable mentions of the American Civic Collaboration Awards in a ceremony during the National Conference on Citizenship in Washington, D.C. You can find us there October 30!

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The 2019 Civvys are Coming!

Believe it or not, it's already almost time for the annual American Civic Collaboration Awards, or the Civvys, to open nominations. This will be our third year celebrating collaborative, high-impact efforts across the nation, and we are so excited to learn more about organizations and individuals doing this kind of work. 

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Is Disengaging From Politics Bad For Our Health?

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Day in and day out, it can feel like staying out of the political crossfire is the best choice for our health. If political news generates headaches and induces stress, how could becoming more deeply involved possibly be good for us?

Whether it’s intuitive or not, there’s significant evidence that getting more deeply engaged has meaningful health benefits. In fact, research findings suggest that being more involved in civic life has very real – and positive – impact both physically and economically.

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Are You Guilty of Political Profiling?

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Are you guilty of political profiling? To some degree we all are - and it's getting worse.

What do I mean? Political profiling involves making snap judgements on where a person falls on the political spectrum.

This assessment (or guess) is then used to decide how we relate to that human being. The implications can be enormous, particularly if that person is judged to be on the "other side." 

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Guest Post: Telling the Story of Democracy, One Podcast at a Time

At Big Tent Nation, we're all about Big Ideas - the more the merrier. Occasionally we'll feature guest bloggers highlighting initiatives that are revitalizing democracy across the nation. Today, we're pleased to share the story of a compelling new podcast out of Pennsylvania, produced by the McCourtney Institute for Democracy at Penn State University. In this post, Jenna Spinelle, communications specialist for the McCourtney Institute, shares what it takes to make a podcast about democracy and why that's so crucial for our nation. 

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What We're Reading - February 2019

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Is it late winter? Early spring? Either way, with the first month of the year and the State of the Union behind us, we're digging into some data, some big ideas, and some hopeful stories to carry us through the next few months of political and economic news. Check our what we loved reading in February:

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Lessons From George Washington: It’s Time We Listened!

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We all want America to flourish and prosper, but disagreements on “how” keep tripping us up. How is much more than picking between policy prescriptions – at its core it involves how we treat each other, and particularly those we disagree with.

The person most essential to realizing America in the first place thought about this issue a lot. It’s time to revisit his legacy.

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