CCCE has pioneered integrating the core university missions — research, learning and public service — into learning communities with a focus on how research can be applied to real world problems. These communities bring faculty, students, citizens, and practitioners together to explore the spectrum of issues related to communication, democracy and citizen engagement. Two of the oldest learning communities at CCCE are What's the economy for, anyway? and The CCCE Citizen Roundtable.
The CCCE Citizen Roundtable is a regular series of issue forums featuring University of Washington Faculty and nationally recognized experts addressing contemporary topics from U.S. foreign policy to the role of religion in politics. The Roundtable now has more than 130 community members who participate in these discussions.
What's the economy for, anyway? is one of many learning communities at CCCE that enable undergraduates to join graduate students, faculty, and international experts to build knowledge about important questions. The focus here is on how nations organize their economies to distribute different benefits such as health, education, family support, vacation time and retirement to different groups in society.
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- Howard awarded fellowship at Center for Information Technology Policy at Princeton
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- CCCE Director is UW Faculty Lecturer
- Bennett: Civility in America
- CCCE NSF grant for technology and public deliberation
Who We Are
The Center for Communication and Civic Engagement is dedicated to understanding communication processes and media technologies that facilitate positive citizen involvement in politics and social life. CCCE is located in the Department of Communication at the University of Washington, and co-sponsored by the Department of Political Science. Students and faculty at the center work together on original research, new educational programs, policy recommendations, and Web-based citizen resources. Take a look at some of our projects.
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CCCE Collaborates in NSF Grant to Develop Technologies for Public Engagement and Deliberation
Public engagement and deliberation play key roles in democratic society. Yet, there are significant problems in both of these areas at present in America. Civic engagement is uneven at best, and thoughtful public deliberation about major issues is often displaced either by apathy or shrill and extreme voices.
CCCE Director Lance Bennett, and his collaborators Alan Borning and Travis Kriplean in computer science received a three-year $730,000 grant (#0966929, Socio-Computational Systems to Support Public Engagement and Deliberation) from the National Science Foundation (NSF). The aim of the project is to introduce civic technologies into actual political contexts to improve public deliberation in online communication forums. Professor Borning from the Computer Science and Engineering Department at UW is also a faculty advisor for CCCE. In an interview with the UW News Lab, Borning stressed the noteworthiness of receiving an NSF grant in the area of applied civic technology because the foundation generally favors physical scientific research.
One of the tools developed by the project is called ConsiderIt, which is a lightweight public deliberation and agenda-building platform with many different applications. One of the most successful deployments has been the Living Voters Guide, developed in partnership with City Club of Seattle. LVG is a crowd-sourced voter guide for Washington State that has been deployed in the 2010, 2011 and 2012 elections. Upwards of 18,000 voters have participated in creating and viewing pro and con positions on ballot initiatives at state and local levels.