October 27, 2011
CLEVELAND, Ohio -- Challenge Cuyahoga, a competition that invites citizens to design innovative civic projects, kicks off at 6 p.m. Friday with a reception at Legation, a Gallery, 78th Street Studios, 1300 W. 78th St., Cleveland.
At the event, County Executive Ed FitzGerald will discuss the close correlation between civic engagement and a healthy local economy, and encourage residents to put forward ideas to help move the county forward.
September 22, 2011
There's no quibbling that Dan Moulthrop is one of the "smartest guys in the room." Before he created his current gig as Curator of Conversation at The Civic Commons he was the former host of the award-winning program "The Sound of Ideas" on 90.3 WCPN.
What many of us do not know is that, in a previous life, Moulthrop was a high school English teacher in San Lorenzo, California. Unfortunately for his students, he couldn't afford to continue teaching them.
September 08, 2011
A blog from the Civic Commons' Emily Cole about the Knight Foundation workshop in Akron (For the Love of Cities) was featured in the Akronist Citizen Journalist on Tuesday August 30th, 2011.
September 07, 2011
Knight Foundation recently hosted an interactive workshop to foster a greater sense of community in Akron with speaker Peter Kageyama. Over 200 people attended. To assist the effort, the team from The Civic Commons, a Knight-funded civic engagement platform, captured Akron residents’ sentiments prior to the workshop through a “nametag project”. During the workshop, the Commons put up its Mobile Engagement Studio and interviewed participants throughout the event about what might transform Akron and what they love about their city. You can check out the ongoing conversation here.
September 07, 2011
AMERICAN TEACHER is the feature-length documentary produced and directed by Academy Award–winning filmmaker Vanessa Roth; produced by Nínive Calegari, co-founder of the literacy non-profit 826 National, and best-selling author Dave Eggers; and narrated by Academy Award-winner Matt Damon. AMERICAN TEACHER chronicles the stories of four teachers—Erik Benner, Jonathan Dearman, Jamie Fidler, and Rhena Jasey—who live and work in disparate urban and rural areas of the country. By following these teachers as they reach different milestones in their careers, the film tells the deeper story of the teaching profession in America today. The film shows us the experience of these four young teachers as they recognize the importance of what they do, and how much they love what they do, but ask: can I afford to continue to teach? Tickets on sale now for a viewing on October 5th at 7pm at the Capitol Theatre in Cleveland's Gordon Square.