Why millennials’ values and ethos make them uniquely poised to close America’s civic leadership gap, and how to tap into their civic spirit.
The contours of civil society are influenced—but not bound—by America’s larger demographic curve. On the leading edge of that curve, California shows the kind of intentional, strategic role that civil society might play in a more equitable and sustainable future.
Civil society wasn’t invented by the tax code, but changes in the law can have serious, if unintended, consequences on the public good. Nothing is final, however; with change comes new opportunity.
Every year tens of millions of Americans sacrifice their personal time and resources to participate in civil society in some way. Why do they do it? The answers are varied and intertwined, but it might boil down to this: Civic-mindedness starts early, runs deep, and aims higher.
If a “good” is held to be common, then surely that decision must come from community. Too often the community’s role is unexamined in this regard, but the intentionality of one Native culture in defining and protecting the common good might serve as an example to us all.