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Citizens

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.

Communities

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.

Institutions

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. 

Kettering Foundation News

Public Work and Higher Education in These Pandemic Times

Written by: kmcguane@ketter...

By Paul C. Pribbenow
President, Augsburg University (MN)

Safety, Justice, and Policing: Insights from 2017 Forums That Speak to Today

Written by: Kettering Staff

A report from the Kettering Foundation and the National Issues Forums Network.

CGA and Zoom Technologies: Deliberation in the Era of COVID-19    

Written by: Kettering Staff

By Maura Casey, Senior Associate, Kettering Foundation 

NIFI Releases New Materials on Health Care Costs

Written by: Kettering Staff

The Kettering Foundation and the National Issues Forums Institute (NIFI) are pleased to announce the publication of a new issue guide, Health Care: How Can We Bring Costs Down While Getting the Care We Need?

Higher Education Leaders: Reconstructing the Public Purposes of Higher Education

Written by: Kettering Staff

Notes and Reflections on the July 2019 Meeting 

By Keith Melville and Derek Barker