Technology Assessment and Congress

M. Anthony Mills at National Review: The OTA was designed to help Congress legislate more effectively in these technical policy areas and to hold accountable the executive-branch agencies charged with science and technology policy-making. What early advocates of...

Listening to One Another

 At The Harvard Gazette, Liz Mineo talks to Jane Mansbridge: GAZETTE: How might we get citizens who are so polarized to listen to one another? MANSBRIDGE: One proven practice is the technique of citizens’ assemblies or deliberative polls. These are groups of citizens...

Promoting Civil Discussion

Gary Abernathy at The Washington Post: While everyone acknowledges our division and the social and cultural isolation at its core, doing something about it takes effort. Be of good cheer. There are those dedicated to doing just that, including organizations such...

Restoring Civil Debate

John Halpin at The Liberal Patriot: Is there any way for citizens to restore effective and non-maddening political debate? It won’t be easy to reverse these trends given the ideological and partisan takeover of most institutions. But here are a few ideas:...