Democracy Lab Resources

  • Civil Discourse: 

    Braver Angels
    Braver Angels brings together Red and Blue Americans in a working alliance to depolarize America.

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    Kettering Foundation
    The Kettering Foundation is a nonprofit operating foundation rooted in the American tradition of cooperative research. Kettering’s primary research question is, what does it take to make democracy work as it should? Kettering’s research is distinctive because it is conducted from the perspective of citizens and focuses on what people can do collectively to address problems affecting their lives, their communities, and their nation.

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    National Institute for Civil Discourse
    NICD believes the American people will be our saving grace. We are less divided than we seem and hungry for a constructive approach to politics.

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    Charles Koch Institute
    For more than five decades, Charles Koch’s philanthropy has generated bold new ideas to improve American lives. Inspired by a recognition that free people are capable of extraordinary things, the Charles Koch Institute supports educational programs and dialogue to advance these principles, challenge convention, and eliminate barriers that stifle creativity and progress.

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    How Americans Can Learn Once Again to Solve Our Nation's Problems Together (USA Today Article)
    To solve really difficult problems, people realize that they have to work with others who may be different.
    By, David Mathews, Opinion contributor

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    Social Media

    The Great Hack
    Data has surpassed oil as the world’s most valuable asset. It’s being weaponized to wage cultural and political warfare. People everywhere are in a battle for control of our most intimate personal details. From award-winning filmmakers Karim Amer and Jehane Noujaim, THE GREAT HACK uncovers the dark world of data exploitation with astounding access to the personal journeys of key players on different sides of the explosive Cambridge Analytica/Facebook data scandal.

    Academy-Award nominees Amer and Noujaim (The Square, Control Room, Startup.com) continue their tradition of exploring the seismic ripples of social media with this riveting, complex film. THE GREAT HACK forces us to question the origin of the information we consume daily. What do we give up when we tap that phone or keyboard and share ourselves in the digital age?

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    The Social Dilemma
    We tweet, we like, and we share— but what are the consequences of our growing dependence on social media? This documentary-drama hybrid reveals how social media is reprogramming civilization with tech experts sounding the alarm on their own creations. 

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    The Age of Surveillance Capitalism by Shoshana Zuboff
    A 2019 non-fiction book by Professor Shoshana Zuboff which looks at the development of digital companies like Google and Amazon, and suggests that their business models represent a new form of capitalist accumulation that she calls "surveillance capitalism."

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    Citizenship 

    On Tyranny by Timothy Snyder
    Twenty Lessons from the Twentieth Century

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    America’s Expiration Date by Cal Thomas
    A warning and a wake-up call to learn history so we are not doomed to repeat it. A must-read for anyone who longs for a promising future for our great nation.

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    Our Common Purpose, Report
    Our Common Purpose: Reinventing American Democracy for the 21st Century, a report of the American Academy’s Commission on the Practice of Democratic Citizenship, comes at a pivotal moment in the history of the American experiment.

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    Race in America: 

    The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander 
    The New Jim Crow
     is a stunning account of the rebirth of a caste-like system in the United States, one that has resulted in millions of African Americans locked behind bars and then relegated to a permanent second-class status—denied the very rights supposedly won in the Civil Rights Movement.  

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