Robert Kingston, a leading member of the Kettering Foundation family for more than 35 years, passed away August 20 in Long Island, New York. A celebration of his life will be scheduled in October.
Democracy requires responsible citizens who can make sound decisions about their future, and can act on these decisions. Through joint learning exchanges, Kettering studies how citizens might accept their responsibility, make sound decisions about what is in the public’s interest, and join forces to act on those decisions.
Democracy requires a community, or a society of citizens, that can work together. We research the way citizens face persistent problems in their communities. These problems, such as poverty, violence, and gaps in educational achievement, require citizens, communities, and institutions to work together to address them.
Democracy requires institutions with public legitimacy that contribute to strengthening society. While institutions can affect the public’s ability to govern itself, they can also unintentionally weaken self-rule by substituting expert knowledge for public knowledge. Aligning institutional routines with citizens’ work is the central challenge.
Robert J. Kingston, a senior associate at the Kettering Foundation for more than 30 years, died August 20 at Hospice on Long Island, New York. He was 87.
A university’s ascent or fall within the rankings are newsworthy developments. A rise in rankings leads universities to promote the ranking and their placement.
Footage from A Public Voice 2016 is now available to stream online.