CCCE Programs Going Strong in September

The Center for Communication and Civic Engagement (CCCE) is dedicated to understanding communication processes and media technologies that facilitate positive citizen involvement in politics and social life.

Recently, CCCE Director Lance Bennett announced several updates to the center’s programming, including the development of new sustainability efforts and exciting partnerships formed around existing programs.

The Rethinking Prosperity project, which was showcased in Bennett’s winter Global Challenges public lecture series at UW, is now running two exciting new projects, one at UW and the other on an international stage.

The UW Sustainability Action Network (UW SAN) is a student powered effort to connect many scattered student organizations concerned about economic and environmental sustainability and democratic reform. This year promises to be very active, as the student team led by Emily Tasaka, Sky Stahl, and Scott Davis work to build the network and organize events to raise awareness about these important issues. You can read more about this project HERE.

Moving beyond campus, the CCCE has also launched the Solutions for Economy, Environment and Democracy (SEED) project. The aim is to help connect the many scattered local groups working on economic, environment, and democracy issues by developing technologies for sharing common stories about sustainable economics and more representative politics. The first presentation of the project was in Troyes France this summer at the 8th International Conference on Communities and Technologies. SEED project leaders Lance Bennett and Alan Borning led a day long workshop for international participants, and gave the keynote speech at the conference.

This fall, the University of Siegen, Germany will hold a two day workshop on the SEED project, with sponsorship from Volker Wulf, Chair of Business Informatics and New Media. More than 25 scholars, NGO officials, labor leaders and other practitioners will attend and explore ways to better connect civic groups through ideas that may help promote more workable economies and representative democracies.

A library of other SEED readings can be accessed HERE.

If you would like to learn more or become involved in CCCE or any of the projects discussed in this article, please contact Lance Bennett or visit the CCCE website at www.engagedcitizen.org.