BIG LITTLE IDEAS

'Uniting Americans through Service: How California is Leading'

California's Chief Service Officer discusses the California Volunteers' initiatives -- the impact CalVols is having in the state, and how it serves as a model nationwide at Jefferson Educational Society Global Summit event at the University of Redlands.

ENVIRONMENT & SUSTAINABILITY

3 reasons local climate activism is more powerful than people realize

Research and history suggest that local action is more powerful than many people believe.

COMMUNITIES THAT WORK

‘How America’s Towns are Writing the Future of the Country’

Residents, coaches, reporters discuss local-level community revitalization initiative at Jefferson Educational Society Global Summit event.

ENVIRONMENT & SUSTAINABILITY

Cleveland Pilot Project Provides Rooftop Solar for Low-Income Residents

Data from the project will document savings and could help get more funding for solar energy in neighborhoods that have historically been left behind.

Big Little Ideas

How Local Governments Can Engage Residents of All Ages

When community members can't, or don't, or won't, go to town halls to attend local government meetings, some local elected officials have found a way to go to their constituents.

PODCAST

Inside Our Towns: Josh Fryday, California's Chief Service Officer

National division might grab headlines, but the story of uniting citizens through service in California is growing.

PODCAST

Inside Our Towns: Scott and Tiffany Whaley

Feeding, sustaining, and building community in Kershaw, South Carolina through KARE.

COMMUNITIES THAT WORK

How one small Ohio town practices democracy

Small is big in Mount Blanchard, Ohio. The town approached change in two ways, and Deborah Fallows reports on the impact she and her husband, James, saw during their travels there.

ENVIRONMENT & SUSTAINABILITY

What's the Quickest Way to Make a Big Difference, Through a Little Step? It's Right There in the Backyard.

Change comes slowly, then all at once.

CIVIC LIFE

To Both See and Tell the Country: From the Road through North Carolina to South Carolina

Why seeing more of America matters.

CIVIC LIFE

'To Arrive Where We Started and Know the Place for the First Time'

The America that Americans Don't Know About, and Why That Matters

YOUTH ENGAGEMENT

The Paper Clips Project: Students Bring Holocaust History to Southeastern Tennessee

Whitwell, Tennessee has become the center for a world-renowned cultural education project and Holocaust memorial.

EDUCATION

Now is the Time for Reflection on Public Education

How can community-level education serve as the enabler for self-government? A look at our country’s past may offer the best answers for our future.

RURAL & REGIONAL

Inside Our Towns: Jason Neises

Discussing opportunities, real and perceived challenges in small-town America, and the impact of Community Heart & Soul in Iowa.

YOUTH ENGAGEMENT

Never Too Soon: Engaging America’s Youngest Citizens Early and Often

Americans know that retaining their young people requires getting them involved in the civic process early and often.

CITIZEN ENGAGEMENT

Fountains of Youth for Towns

The life and spirit of any town or city depend on its ability to attract and retain people. In a time when many worry about brain drain, how communities keep their young people, or bring them back, or attract newcomers illustrates a place's sense of and attention to renewal.