Ideas We Should Steal: State Seal of Civic Engagement

Outraged that less than 50 percent of Americans can name the three branches of government? California and several other states are working to literally certify good citizenship for high school grads.

By Roxanne Patel Shepelavy

Generation Change Philly: The Super Citizen

The next in our series on change agents is Jen Devor, a one-time candidate who promised to revolutionize the way Philly votes. She lost the race—but is still working to build the best citizens of her city.

By Christine Speer Lejeune

Introducing … Generation Change Philly

The Citizen is collaborating with Keepers of the Commons to spotlight and uplift the people whose ideas are making our city—and our lives—better. Get ready to meet the next class of great Philly changemakers

By Christine Speer Lejeune

The Citizen Recommends: The Case for Civic Unity

Come together with citizens from all walks of life to explore how you can fuel civil discourse, and help mend communities.

By Duncan Glew

Ideas We Should Steal: Laws We Can Actually Understand

A group of law students in India is working to “translate” the country’s laws so that every citizen can understand their rights and responsibilities. A similar effort here could be one way to make our government more accessible to Philadelphians, too.

By Jemille Q. Duncan

The Citizen Recommends: Civic Engagement for Young Leaders

Join The Citizen’s Larry Platt and a panel of civic leaders for a conversation Tuesday about how to keep young Philadelphians engaged in making a better city for all

By Roxanne Patel Shepelavy

The Citizen Recommends: Iron Sharpens Iron

The podcast, launching today from two community organizers, aims to empower every citizen to improve our city, one front stoop at a time

By Jessica Blatt Press

Put the Students in Charge

Two local schools are showing that maybe kids know better than adults what real education and civic engagement look like

By Jessica Blatt Press