In Democratic by Design, Gabriel Metcalf looks at how small-scale, self-organized projects that work outside the traditional structures of government and business can scale up to effect widespread social change.
Voter turnout can vary widely across states and within cities and counties, even when structural factors are the same. A shared sense of responsibility among residents for taking care of their communities may be part of the explanation.
Efforts to battle poverty in the United States can learn a lot from the developing world, and vice versa. Thankfully some of the barriers between these traditionally isolated domains are falling.