KF News and Ideas

"Shaping Our Future" - Washington DC Part I

"Shaping Our Future" is a year-long national dialogue on the future of higher education.

"Shaping Our Future" - Washington DC Part II

University of Maryland, Baltimore County Student Government Association President, Kaylesh Ramu, at the "Shaping Our Future" launch event in Washington DC on September 4th, 2012.

The Parable of the Blobs and Squares

Why, Government wondered, did every time they tried to solve a problem, the problem seemed to get worse? The Parable of the Blobs and Squares shows that there is more to people than their problems…

The 2012 issue of Connections is now available online

Each issue of this annual newsletter focuses on a particular area of Kettering's research; in 2012, that focus was higher education. Editing responsibilities for Connections rotate among Kettering program staff.

David Mathews -- Shaping Our Future: Closing Remarks

Kettering Foundation President, David Mathews, gives his closing remarks to legislators and business, education and civic engagement leaders at the "Shaping Our Future" launch event in Washington DC on September 4th, 2012.

That's Not Democracy

A new report by the Center for Information & Research on Civic Learning and Engagement (CIRCLE), in collaboration with Kettering Foundation, focuses on how non-college youth engage in civic life, and what stands in their way.

New from the Kettering Foundation---Citizens, Deliberation, and the Practice of Democracy: A Triptych from the Kettering Review

Citizens, Deliberation, and the Practice of Democracy: A Triptych from the Kettering Review brings together writing by 19 leading thinkers on the contemporary challenges of democracy. These provocative essays, first published in three issues of the Kettering Review to celebrate 25 years of the National Issues Forums, challenge readers to rethink conventional notions of democracy, public deliberation, and citizenship.

Kettering Conversations: NIFI President Bill Muse Discusses "Why Nations Fail: The Origins of Power, Prosperity, and Poverty"

Why Nations Fail: The Origins of Power, Prosperity, and Poverty (2012) by MIT professor Daron Acemoglu and Harvard professor James A. Robinson is a lengthy examination set apart from other works describing indicators of economic success of nations by its emphasis on politics. Politics, in one way or another, has always been about the power to make choices. In the case of the authors’ examination, it is primarily about the type of political institutions, people’s access to them, and the unique historical events that created them.

New from the Kettering Foundation---Journalism as a Democratic Art: Selected Essays by Cole Campbell

Journalism as a Democratic Art is an edited collection of 16 essays by Cole Campbell (1954–2007), former newspaper editor, dean at the University of Nevada School of Journalism, and a colleague of the Kettering Foundation. These essays reflect Campbell’s effort to rethink some of the underlying assumptions that he believed kept his craft at a distance from citizens. To Campbell, readers were not just consumers of information but citizens facing common problems.

New Informational Booklet About KF Now Available

This booklet provides a brief introduction to the Kettering Foundation and its research, the main focus of which is understanding what it takes to make democracy work as it should.