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Jun 3, 2016

“The Fiscal Ship”: Balance the Federal Budget with Your Kids!

This interactive game , created by the Wilson Center and the Hutchins Center on Fiscal and Monetary Policy at The Brookings Institute, allows you to choose from a variety of priorities (taxes, national security, entitlement reform, etc), and fiscal policies, then see the impact of your choices on the budget and our national debt. The easy interface and real-world policy options make it an easy but educational way […]

May 28, 2016

‘Social Capital’ and the Value of Roundtable Discussion

The Policy Circle co-founder Sylvie Légère recently gave a talk in Washington, DC, to women participating in the National Excellence in Public Service conference that brought together organizations such as the Lugar Series that encourages women to run for local, state and national elective and appointed offices. In her remarks, Sylvie spoke about the importance of “social capital,” […]

May 28, 2016

Ending the School Year on a Hopeful Note: The 74’s Profile of Buffalo Schools

The 74 Million  is a non-profit, non-partisan news site, launched by Campbell Brown, that covers education in America and the crises facing the public education system. The site, named for the 74 million children in America, features reporting that exposes corruption and inequality and highlights positive changes to American schools. Recently, the 74  had an uplifting profile […]

May 22, 2016

Where is the “public” in public policy?

“Many Americans apparently feel that policy is something done to them, rather than with them.”  Pete Petersen, the dean of the Pepperdine School of Public Policy , suggests in is WSJ OpEd, that programs like his need some updates to teach how to further engage citizens. Mr. Petersen’s OpEd titled Trump, Sanders and the Populist Anti-Policy Surge was published on Friday, […]

May 20, 2016

Are You a Good Conversationalist?

Policy discussions can be passionate and the “mic” held up by a few members of a group. We recently discovered the Power of the Talking Stick to listen to everyone in a circle conversation. Have you ever sat in a group meeting where one person dominates the conversation for the entire duration of the meeting?  How do you break in?  In […]

May 13, 2016

Addressing the Four Types of Poverty in America

This month many circles are discussing the new brief on “ Poverty in America “.  To begin to understand and address this complex issue, we need to start by framing the problem (even in an imperfect way!).  This overview of four categories of poverty  includes the factors and circumstances that cause poverty, and the types of individuals and families who […]