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Saturday, October 13, 2007

Matt Entenza's Organization Minnesota 2020 Shows Surprising Lack of Women in Key Positions

Check it out.

Joseph A. Amato, Senior Fellow

Conrad deFiebre, Fellow

Lee Egerstrom, Fellow

John Fitzgerald, Fellow and Staff Researcher

Paru Shah, Fellow

John Van Hecke, Fellow and Director of Operations and Planning

Tommy Kim, Undergraduate Research Fellow

Ben Pierson, Chuck Green Civic Engagement Fellow

Kelly Russell, Graduate Research Fellow

Andy Ver Steegh, Chuck Green Civic Engagement Fellow

Glen Fladeboe, Director of Communications

Chris Shields, Deputy Communications Director

Judy Bartlett, Office Manager

Board Chair and Founder
Matt Entenza


Zaphod said...

Uh, so?

brendan.chan said...

The Democracy 2.0 Declaration is Here!

On behalf of the 1,581 Democracy 2.0 survey respondents, 47 participants of
the Democracy 2.0 Summit, and those 12 that worked 15 hours to draft a
document we're proud of, stand behind and will mobilize around, it's my
pleasure and honor to announce our generation's Democracy 2.0 Declaration:

Democracy is an unfinished project. It’s time we upgrade.

We, the Millennial Generation, are uniquely positioned to call attention to today’s issues and shape the future based on the great legacy we have inherited. Our founding fathers intended for every generation to build, indeed to innovate, on the American experience. We realize that as young people we are expected to be the leaders of tomorrow, but we understand that as citizens we are called to be the leaders of today.

We are compelled by the critical state of our present democracy to establish a new vision.

In a world often damaged by conflict and intolerance, we must commit to develop common ground through equality and open mindedness.

In a world often damaged by social isolation and materialism, we must commit to community at the family, local, national and global levels.

In a world often damaged by instant gratification, we must commit to creating sustainable solutions.

In a world often damaged by apathy and disillusionment, we must commit to civic participation and inclusion of all voices.

The present state of our democracy impedes opportunity for real change. We must connect the specific issues failing our population with their underlying systemic causes.

Our government seems unable or unwilling to adequately address our broadest problems, including economic inequality, America’s role in the world, and the effect of money on the democratic process. But we must remember, our government is only as effective as the sum of its citizens. Low civic participation means the most disadvantaged people in society are neglected and we overlook many potential solutions to our problems.

Our generation is telling a different story. We are uniquely positioned to foster community engagement through social networks of all kinds. It is our responsibility to use information and technology to upgrade democracy, transform communication and advance political engagement and civic participation.

We are social networkers, we are multi-taskers, we are communicators and we are opinionated. The informality of our generation breaks down traditional barriers and opens doors for inclusiveness and equality. Most importantly, we are leaders in a society that yearns for leadership.

It’s our democracy, it’s time to act.