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to the Civic Practices Network, a Learning Collaborative for Civic Renewal

Civic Practices Network (CPN) is a collaborative and nonpartisan project bringing together a diverse array of organizations and perspectives within the civic renewal movement. We share a commitment to bring practical methods for public problem solving into every community and institutional setting in America. We assume the responsibility of telling our stories, so that all citizens may have the opportunity to learn from what others are doing to renew their communities. And we have a common faith that we can revitalize our democracy to tackle the complex problems of the 21st century if we can broadly exchange and continually refine the civic wisdom of what works and what empowers citizens to work together.


Civic Innovation in America: Community Empowerment, Public Policy, and the Movement for Civic Renewal, by Carmen Sirianni and Lewis Friedland (University of California Press 2001) provides a broad overview of civic practices, models, policies, and organizations, as well as an account of the emergence of the civic renewal movement in the U.S. and how this movement might be further built in the coming years. You can order this book online in paperback at $19.95 from the University of California Press.