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Stimulating Student Civic Engagement

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Twittering the Public Sphere

Twitter
History and functionality
Abuse
Collaboration & Deliberation

Public Sphere
- An open social space
- Inclusive rational discussion
- Improved social and political conditions
- society engaged in critical public debate
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#Hashtags
The Hashtag
- Joins like-minded people
- Creates a space for open discussion around a particular topic
-Hashtag links tweet about topics (searchable)
- Allows personal opinion to be shared with a wide audience

#2016Elections
#measles
#KatyPerry
#SFGiants
#lmupd
#vaccines
#Speak2Tweet
Allowed the people of Egypt to have a voice even when the government said no
Is this what Habermas
envisioned?
History
What is Twitter?
Twitter is an online social networking service
enables users to send and/or read short 140-character text messages, called "tweets"
Users can access Twitter through the website, SMS, or through the mobile app
Twitter Inc. was established in 2006
gained its popularity in 2012
How it works
How do we use hashtags?
#2016Election
Twitter Transforms Politics
TWITTER IN THE CLASSROOM
Democratic Participation
How has twitter changed communication through participation and society?
Creates active rather than passive citizens
Embraces free speech in digital world
Receive new more efficiently
Connects individuals around the world
Inexpensive way for connection
How has it changed politics?
grassroots mobilization
fundraising
Instantaneous feedback
Politicians can connect with publics
140 characters skews reality
Tweeters of the week
Deliberate Don't Hate

What is Civic Engagement?
How do you define civic engagement?
A variety of definitions have emerged in the literature...

Students as Engaged Citizens
Civic Engagement defined...
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.


From New York Times: Excerpts from Civic Responsibility and Higher Education, edited by Thomas Ehrlich, published by Oryx Press, 2000.
http://www.nytimes.com/ref/college/collegespecial2/coll_aascu_defi.html

Civic Engagement defined
Deliberative civic engagement denotes processes that enable citizens, civic leaders, and government officials to come together in public spaces where they can enagage in constructive, informed and decisive dialogue about important public issues.
- Nabatchi
Civic Engagement defined
public engagement
democratic governance
citizen participation
participatory democracy
public involvement
public work
public deliberation/dialogue
community organizing

Involved in Issues & Seek Information
Communicate Responsibly to Make a Difference
Committed to Causes Greater than Themselves
Contribute to the Common Good
Well Informed and Thoughtful
Civic Engagement defined
“In my opinion, citizenship … should encompass the values of being a good person. You should care about the rights and privileges of citizenship that have been acquired with great endeavor. So defend them. Defend and protect rights that the Constitution has bestowed on you–not just for yourself but for fellow and future citizens. Future citizens have the same desires that you had once upon a time. You should also care about society in general and the politics within it. So, care. Care about yourself, your family, your neighbors, your community, and your country. Care about the world. Be a world citizen and thus a good American citizen.”
Tahmina Watson
Immigration Attorney
Seattle Washington


DELIBERATION AND NATIONAL ISSUE FORUMS
What does Deliberation Mean?
When people deliberate, they carefully examine a problem and arrive at a well-reasoned solution after a period of inclusive, respectful consideration of diverse points of view.

John Gastil
Debate, Dialogue, and Deliberation
Characteristics of Deliberation
Discourse with other citizens
Discourse is a form of participation
Formal and informal
town hall meetings
media, face to face, phone, email, internet
Focused on local, state, national issues
Benefits of Public Deliberation
Emphathetic, open-minded, reason centered is expected to produce positive outcomes

Citizens become more more engaged in civic affairs

Tolerance for opposing viewpoints

Understand own preferences and make better arguments

Set aside win-lose approach as fate is linked to others

Faith in democratic process increases and creates empowerment

Political decisions becomes more informed by reasons and evidence
Nonpartisan, nationwide network of locally sponsored public forums for the consideration of public policy issues
Offers citizens the opportunity to join together and deliberate

Provide a way for people of diverse views and experiences to seek a shared understanding of a problem and search for common ground to action

Explore three approaches to this issue

Moderater and Issue Guides (37)
Issue Guides
Deliberative Guidelines


Deliberative dialogue not debate
Explore agreements and disagreements
Exploration not knowing all the answers
Open honest dialogue
Examples and personal experience are welcome
Forum Rules


Read the brief available from MYLMUCONNECT
Everyone participates
No one dominates the discussion
Deliberation focuses on issue choices
Consider all major issue choices
Listen and respect views of otthers
#womeninpolitics




http://thedailyshow.cc.com/videos/09yfp5/the-broads-must-be-crazy---belittled-women?utm=share_twitter

Empowerment
EXCESSIVE POWER OF WHITE MEN
MAKERS: WOMEN IN POLITICS
www.makers.com/documentary/womeninpolitics




STIMULATING STUDENT CIVIC ENGAGEMENT
National Issue Forums and Twitter
James C. Bunker, PhD
STUDENT CIVIC ENGAGEMENT
WHAT DOES STUDENT CIVIC ENGAGEMENT LOOK LIKE
PREASSESSMENT SURVEY
Past Political Participation
SOCIAL MEDIA POLITICAL PARTICIPATION
CIVIC ENGAGEMENT ASSESSEMENT
Civic Engagment Plan
National Issue Forums
Class Twitter Feed
Service Learning
Being the Change
STUDENT POST ASSESSMENT



Spring 2015 Political Participation
Twitter as Civic Engagement Tool
CIVIC ENGAGEMENT
SERVICE LEARNING
NATIONAL ISSUE FORUMS
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