Our Latest Journal: Is the “Upswing” Here?
In his book, The Upswing, Robert Putnam outlines similarities between the years prior to the progressive era and our current times. In the latest edition of the National Civic Review, linked below for our readers, Daniel Kemmis suggests that this “upswing” is on its way. I think it’s already here, as seen in the many examples of civic engagement and problem-solving in communities across the country; it just doesn’t make the national news. That’s why our newsletter and journal are here!
President, National Civic League
TEMPO Engages Youth in Tallahassee
Summer Edition of National Civic Review Now Available
Civic Illiteracy Fuels Misinformation
70 young people in Tallahassee just received a new opportunity to succeed with the latest graduation of TEMPO, a program aimed at improving the education and job prospects of disconnected youth. As an All-America City, Tallahassee has made its mark with many innovative programs, and TEMPO is one that has shown great success in its short lifespan of four years.

The summer issue of the Review celebrates cities that are making progress on addressing challenges such as racial equity, health equity and community resilience. Authors offer ideas on measuring the value of public participation, engaging urban residents through block clubs, promoting public trust with better service delivery and digital communication, and ways of seeking input from youth.

Schoolhouse Rock educated a generation of Americans through short films on topics from grammar to science and math. Most notably, the ‘America’ series offered education (and entertainment) on a broad range of civics topics including the three branches of government, how a bill becomes a law, the electoral college and more. Recent statistics suggest the country could use a reboot of the popular cartoon. Read more.
Podcast: The Public Commons
The News about
News Deserts
2022 All-America City Theme Announced
Public spaces are at the heart of strong communities, but what makes a space welcoming? In this TED Radio Hour, learn how we can improve physical & digital spaces. Hear from community organizer & Participatory Budgeting Project's Executive Director, Shari Davis who says, "That’s a powerful example of what happens when we do things like community-led decision making that allow community members to radically imagine what’s possible in a space, and then live into it.”
You’ve probably heard of the term “food deserts,” generally speaking, an area of a town or city where there are few, if any, places for people to buy nutritious food. But what is a “news desert?" News deserts have become an increasing problem over the years as changes in the technology and economics of media have led to the decline of traditional news gathering operations like daily newspapers, news magazines and quality broadcast news outlets.

In partnership with the Campaign for Grade-level Reading, the 2022 AAC theme will be Housing as a Platform for Equitable Learning Recovery. The 2022 awards will recognize communities that have engaged housing developments, organizations and agencies to accelerate equitable academic and economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic. Thinking ahead? The 2023 theme will involve the well-being of children and youth engagement. More details later. Learn more.
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Additional Information and Upcoming Events

National Conference of State Legislatures Basecamp
August 3-5, 2021

Roundtable Listening Forum:
The Impact of Pandemic Response Programs and Spending on Underserved Communities
August 12, 2021

2021 ICMA Annual Conference
October 3-6, 2021

GFOA: Third Annual MiniMuni Conference 
October 20-22, 2021

NCDD Event Calendar
The calendar lists upcoming events related to dialogue, deliberation, and civic engagement.

Now accepting article proposals for National Civic Review
We are interested in 1,200-3,000 word articles. 
The deadline for the fall issue is September 15th. 
Contact mikem@ncl.org for more information. 
What We're Reading
Thank you to National Civic League Sustaining Member Communities:

Algoma, WI
Asheboro, NC
Aurora, CO
Danville, VA
Decatur, GA
Denver, CO
Dublin, CA
Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Gladstone, MO
Hayward, CA
Illinois Municipal League
Las Vegas, NV
Miami Gardens, FL
Oakridge Neighborhood, IA
Rancho Cordova, CA
Roanoke, VA
San Antonio, TX
Tallahassee, FL
Tampa Housing Authority
Tupelo, MS
Wichita, KS
Thank you to National Civic League Partner Organizations:

American Society for Public Administration
Bridge Alliance
Campaign for Grade-Level Reading
Carl and Lily Pforzheimer Foundation
Government Finance Officers Association
International City / County Management Association
Kettering Foundation
National Academy of Public Administration
National Coalition on Dialogue and Deliberation
National League of Cities
National Forum for Black Public Administrators
Rawson Family Foundation
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
Southwest Airlines
United States Census Bureau
United Way Worldwide
Well Being Trust
W.K. Kellogg Foundation