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Alliance for National Renewal
The Alliance for National Renewal (ANR) brings together a network of people and organizations who want to better their communities. At the grassroots, all over the nation, inspiring stories of community renewal are waiting to be told and heard. This is your opportunity to tap into this rich and growing movement.
The Alliance for Redesigning Government
The Alliance was founded in 1993 by a non-partisan coalition of leaders. Our goal: build an information network for people making government work. Based in Washington, D.C., we're part of the Congressionally chartered National Academy of Public Administration, an established non-profit dedicated to improving government at all levels.
American Civic Forum
The American Civic Forum is a nonpartisan gathering of diverse groups that have come together to advance the New Citizenship. It is a vehicle for exchanging experiences and enhancing civic work across many environments.
Amnesty International, International Secretariat
99-119 Rosebery Ave., London EC1R 4RE UK. 44-0-171-814-6200, fax 44-0-171-833 1510.
Center for Civic Education
The Center for Civic Education is a nonprofit, nonpartisan educational corporation dedicated to fostering the development of informed, responsible participation in civic life by citizens committed to values and principles fundamental to American constitutional democracy.
Center for Civic Networking
The Center for Civic Networking (CCN) is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to applying information infrastructure to the broad public good - particularly by putting information infrastructure to work within local communities to improve delivery of local government services, improve access to information that people need in order to function as informed citizens, broaden citizen participation in governance, and stimulate economic and community development.
Center for Democracy and Citizenship
The Center for Democracy and Citizenship is a university-wide resource based in the Hubert H. Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs, a leading public affairs graduate and research institution. The mission of the Center for Democracy and Citizenship is the promotion of democracy and the strengthening of citizenship and civic education within a variety of settings, with a special emphasis on youth.
Center for Living Democracy
Despite all the bad news, something extraordinary is happening in America: A profound shift in attitudes and expectations is reshaping our culture from the bottom up. Living Democracy is what we call this broad awakening to the essential role of regular citizens in solving America's
toughest problems. Millions are now learning that public life is not just for officials and experts, but part of a rewarding life for each of us. The Center's mission is to dramatically accelerate the emergence of Living Democracy.
Civic Network Television
Civic Network Television (CNT) strives to put technology to use in ways that help the civic, volunteer, not-for-profit and public organizations in communities deal more effectively with today's problems, while also preparing to meet the extraordinary challenges that lie ahead.
Civic Practices Network
Civic Practices Network (CPN) is a collaborative and nonpartisan project bringing together a diverse array of organizations and perspectives within the new citizenship movement. We share a commitment to bring practical methods for public problem solving into every community and institutional setting in America. We assume the responsibility of telling our stories, so that all citizens may have the opportunity to learn from what others are doing to renew their communities. And we have a common faith that we can revitalize our democracy to tackle the complex problems of the 21st century if we can broadly exchange and continually refine the civic wisdom of what works and what empowers citizens to work together. CPN is designed to bring schooling for active citizenship, which has always been at the heart of our rich democratic and associational life, into the information age.
Committee to Protect Journalists
By publicly revealing abuses against the press and by acting on behalf of imprisoned and threatened journalists, CPJ effectively warns journalists and news organizations where attacks on press freedom are likely to occur. CPJ organizes vigorous protest at all levels--ranging from local governments to the United Nations--and, when necessary, works behind the scenes through other diplomatic channels to effect change. CPJ also publishes articles and news releases, special reports, a quarterly newsletter and the most comprehensive annual report on attacks against the press around the world. CPJ, 330 Seventh Ave., New York, NY 10001. 212 465-1004, fax 212-465-9568. email:
Communitarian Network
Widely regarded as the new environmental movement, the Communitarian movement is based on the centrist philosophy that individual liberties depend upon the bolstering of the foundations of civil society: our families, schools, and neighborhoods. It is through these institutions that we acquire a sense of personal and civic responsibility, an appreciation of our rights and the rights of others, and a commitment to the welfare of the community and its members. Central to the communitarian perspective is the belief that public policies should seek a balance between individual rights and the responsibilities of individuals to the society at large.
Freedom Forum
The Freedom Forum is a nonpartisan, international foundation dedicated to free press, free speech and free spirit for all people. Its mission is to help the public and the news media understand one another better. With assets of nearly $900 million, it is the USA's largest foundation focused on fostering First Amendment freedoms. The operator of the Newseum, the world's only interactive news museum. A major supporter of journalism education. A leader in assisting the professional development of journalists. A champion of diversity and the advancement of women in news-media professions. A force in international press-freedom programs.
Human Rights Watch
485 Fifth Ave., New York, NY 10017-6104.212-972-8400, fax 212-687-9786.
Index on Censorship
Lancaster House, 33 Islington High St., London N19LH UK. 44 171 278 2313, fax 44 171 278 1878.
Institute for the Study of Civic Values
Since 1973, the Institute for the Study of Civic Values has been a leading center in the United States promoting community -- the collaboration of citizens, the private sector, and government in efforts to fulfill America's historic ideals. Throughout its history, the Institute has developed programs that use basic civic values to help citizens learn how to promote community and opportunity in the country today.
International Association of Public Participation Practitioners
The International Association of Public Participation Practitioners (IAP3) was established in 1990 as a non-profit corporation to serve practitioners throughout the world seeking practical experience designing and conducting public involvement programs. The association is run by an international Board of Directors.
International Federation of Journalists
The General Secretary, Rue Royale, 266E 1210 Brussels, Belgium. 32 2 223 2265, fax 32 2 219 2976.
Kettering Foundation
The Kettering Foundation is an operating foundation rooted in the American tradition of inventive research. Its founder, Charles F. Kettering, holder of more than 200 patents, is best known for his invention of the automotive self-starter. Established in 1927, the Foundation today continues that tradition. The objective of the research now is to understand the way bodies politic, rather than bodies mechanical, function or fail to function. Kettering treats politics in its broadest sense politics as a dimension of everyday life rather than as only what officeholders and governments do. The research is done for practical purposes; it goes into crafting "tools" (study guides, community workbooks, and other exercises) that help a public act responsibly and effectively on its problems.
Lawyers' Committee for Human Rights
Executive Director Michael H. Posner, 330 Seventh Ave., 10th Floor, New York, NY 10001. 212-629-6170, fax 212-967-0916
Media Alliance
Media Alliance is a nonprofit organization which serves media professionals, nonprofit organizations and the general public in the San Francisco Bay Area. For twenty years, Media Alliance has worked to promote fairness and accuracy in the media in the Bay Area and nationwide. Our 3,500 members include professional journalists, freelance writers, activists, students, and other interested individuals.
Media Development Association
The MDA is a networking organization which focuses on business opportunities and cultural development initiatives for media-related firms in Brighton & Hove and the South East. We provide an invaluable exchange of information and offer practical support to members, recognizing that the development of skills and resources is essential to advance the future capabilities of the media industry.
The Media Institute
The Media Institute is a nonprofit research foundation specializing in communications policy issues. The Institute exists to foster three goals: freedom of speech, deregulation of the media and communications industry, and excellence in journalism.
Media Institute for Southern Africa (MISA)
To see sources on related subjects: Africa and countries within Africa, News sources
The National Civic League
The National Civic League advocates a new civic agenda to create communities that work for everyone. Founded in 1894 by Theodore Roosevelt and other turn-of-the-century progressives, NCL vigorously promotes the principles of collaborative problem solving and consensus-based decision making through technical assistance, training, publishing, research and an awards program.
The National Commission on Civic Renewal
The National Commission on Civic Renewal, made possible by a grant from the Pew Charitable Trusts, will include individuals across the political spectrum and from many different walks of life, all of whom have demonstrated leadership in their fields and a commitment to the betterment of our country. The purpose of the Commission is to assess the condition of civic engagement in the United States today and to propose specific actions to be undertaken by the public, private, and voluntary sectors as well as by individuals that could improve this condition.
Pew Center for Civic Journalism
The Pew Center is an incubator for civic journalism experiments that enable news organizations to create and refine better ways of reporting the news in ways that help to re-engage people in public life. The center helps to share the lessons learned at its workshops and seminars for journalists.
The Pew Charitable Trusts
The Pew Charitable Trusts, based in Philadelphia, are a national philanthropy established 49 years ago. Through our grantmaking, we seek to encourage individual development and personal achievement, cross-disciplinary problem solving and innovative, practical approaches to meeting the changing needs of a global community. Each year, the Trusts make grants of about $180 million to between 400 and 500 nonprofit organizations.
The Pew Partnership for Civic Journalism
The Pew Partnership is a national initiative committed to community building, especially in the smaller cities of our nation. Resisting the allure of quick fixes and easy answers, the Partnership works with communities to: Create new ways for citizens to tackle tough community issues--at risk youth, job creation, family health, and neighborhood revitalization. Build trust between diverse sectors of the community to face immediate crises while engineering long-term solutions addressing the root of a problem. Communicate innovative, emerging strategies to meet the challenges of the 21st century to citizens and policy makers across America.
Poynter Institute for Media Studies
The Poynter Institute is a school dedicated to teaching and inspiring journalists and media leaders. It promotes excellence and integrity in the practice of craft and in the practical leadership of successful businesses. It stands for a journalism that informs citizens and enlightens public discourse. It carries forward Nelson Poynter's belief in the value of independent journalism.
Project on Public Life and the Press
Public journalism is being continually defined and explored. In general, it means an approach to journalism that tries to engage citizens in public life, improve public discussion and reconnect journalists to the communities they serve. The research reported by the Project on Public Life and the press is not an attempt to fix a definition or issue a stamp of approval. It simply presents examples of what some enterprising newspapers have done.
Public Allies
Public Allies is a national multicultural organization designed and run by young people for young people who want to have a positive impact on their communities and on our nation. Through a ten-month Apprenticeship Program, Public Allies develops the leadership capacity of young people in order to bring a new generation of social entrepreneurs into organizations that work to solve this country's most pressing public problems.
United Nations High Commission on Human Rights
The High Commissioner, Ms. Mary Robinson, President Republic of Ireland, Geneva, Switzerland. 24 hour hotline in Geneva: 41-22-917-0092
The Walt Whitman Center for the Culture and Politics of Democracy
The Walt Whitman Center for the Culture and Politics of Democracy, founded in 1989 by Dr. Benjamin R. Barber, is dedicated to sustaining democratic theory and extending democratic practice. It approaches democracy in the spirit of Whitman's ideal of a vigorous citizenry engaged in the culture and politics of a free society--democracy understood as a mode of living rather than a set of strictly political arrangements.
Who Cares: A Journal of Service and Action
Welcome to Who Cares Online! Who Cares is a national quarterly journal devoted to community service and social activism. Our goal is to inform readers through incisive, nonpartisan coverage of community service; inspire readers with profiles of young activists, volunteers, and entrepreneurs; and challenge our readers to consider new ways of fixing society's problems.