What really matters from the point of view of social capital and civic engagement is not merely nominal membership, but active and involved membership.— Robert D. Putnam
Romantic Civic Engagement quotations
The activity you're most avoiding contains your biggest opportunity.
Civic engagement means working to make a difference in the civic life of our communities and developing the combination of knowledge, skills, values and motivation to make that difference. It means promoting the quality of life in a community, through both political and non-political processes.
A society that relies on generalized reciprocity is more efficient than a distrustful society, for the same reason that money is more efficient than barter. Trust lubricates social life. Networks of civic engagement also facilitate coordination and communication and amplify information about the trustworthiness of other individuals.
Positive thinking must be followed by positive doing.
In our democratic society, the library stands for hope, for learning, for progress, for literacy, for self-improvement and for civic engagement. The library is a symbol of opportunity, citizenship, equality, freedom of speech and freedom of thought, and hence, is a symbol for democracy itself.
I believe that women should have equal rights to education, to work and to civic and political engagement.
I think we're going to start to see a new model of civic advocacy where people get together once in a while to protest, but it's more about an ongoing, sustained engagement in issues, networks and communities about which people care.
The way I see it, if you want the rainbow, you gotta put up with the rain.
I think the Tea Party monicker has kind of outlived its use.
I think this is just an America movement, I mean, and you and others are really, you know, responsible for igniting this new civic engagement that's very positive.
I actually do not think that's how what's happening to our government is going to be stopped. I think people who are willing to be civically engaged and believe in the promises and the progress of the last fifty years that will save this country.
I have a theory that, for people of color or others who have been cut out of the master narrative, just telling your personal survival tale, your story, is civic engagement. It is a kind of political performance and is really crucial in that storytelling is how the writers connect with people and change. It's how we collect and add to and complicate the master narrative.
Relationships are like muscle tissue, the more they are engaged, the stronger and more valuable they become.
In any totalitarian society, dissent is viewed as a threat, civic literacy is denounced, and those public spheres that produce engage citizens are dismantled or impoverished through the substitution of training for education.
The rise of casino capitalism and the punishing state with their vast apparatuses of real and symbolic violence must be also addressed as part of a broader historical and political attack on public values, civic literacy and economic justice. Crucial here is the need to engage how such an attack is aided and abetted by the emergence of a poisonous neoliberal public pedagogy that depoliticizes as much as it entertains and corrupts.
When spiritualism dawned, suddenly women who wanted to engage in the civic and religious and political culture were becoming transmediums.
When you have nothing to say - say nothing. It is the time to engage and get interested in others.
The way to get people civically engaged, not just during the election but throughout the year, is to tap into Facebook and let them do it with their friends.
The practice of architecture not only requires participation in the profession but it also requires civic engagement.
. . . What role does historiography play in the way a society and culture "remembers" past events? Does the historian have a moral or civic responsibility to this project of memory that ought to influence the way he or she engages in historical practice? Should moral concerns influence the historian's choice of subject matter, of issues to discuss, of evidence to use?