Posts Tagged: citizenship

Quiz: Are you smarter than an 8th grade Civics student?

Can you correctly answer these three questions about our American government and nation from the 100-question naturalization test for new citizens? Most 8th and 12th graders in the U.S. could not! Read more in my new GPO Government Book Talk blog post called Quiz: Are you smarter than an 8th grade Civics student? in honorRead… Read more »

Open Government Links of the Week – August 5, 2011

Several important things happened in the world of open government and technology this week. Let me know which articles should be added to the list by commenting below! The U.S. has a new Chief Information Officer. Alex Howard has this write-up about it and here’s Nick Judd’ post on it. The 2011 FOCAS, Networks andRead… Read more »

Can Rapper Nas and Dr. King teach us to be more civil?

In a recent discussion about civics and civil society, one of my colleagues referenced a line by Rap artist, Nasir Jones, a/k/a Nas from his song, “Hate Me Now” that states: People “fear what they don’t understand, hate what they can’t conquer.” On this day of national recognition for Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., hisRead… Read more »

10 reasons why online social media are critical to democratic governance (pt.1)

The Web has transformed and continues to transform how government serves and relates to its citizenry. With the spread of broadband internet access now in 66% of American homes according to the Pew Research Center, some futurists have predicted that without access to the web, citizens may eventually lose touch entirely with the ability toRead… Read more »

The Intersect Between Corporate and Government

Taking care of issues of social justice, climate control, poverty, and improving communities can no longer be in the purview of government-only organizations. For profit corporations must deliberately incorporate these issues into daily decision making. The fact is that the government will not be capable of supporting the people on its own and corporations willRead… Read more »

Transparency Camp

Today in Washington at the George Washington University campus, people from across the spectrum are coming together to discuss transparency in government. I am not available to attend in person, but I’m following the discussions and observations on Twitter (#tcamp09). The website is available at The website states: This un-conference is about convening aRead… Read more »

The quest for citizenship in America

From Bunker Hill to Basra: Quest For Black Citizenship In The Americas Thank you for that kind introduction. I’m honored beyond words that you have invited me here today to help commemorate Black History Month. I’m also honored that a kid from a small farm in East Texas has been given the opportunity to doRead… Read more »