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Wed 16

February 16, 2022 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm CST

NCoC Learning Circle

National Conference on Citizenship

Location: Online

NCoC Learning Circle: Examining Asset-Based Civic Infrastructure

Strengthening our civic infrastructure – the scaffolding that provides all the ways people engage in public life – is a promising way to help rebuild both our economy and our democracy.

On February 16th, 2022, join the National Conference on Citizenship with two titans from our field: John McKnight, who developed the theory and practice of asset-based community development with his colleague Jody Kretzmann (Building Communities from the Inside Out, 1993), and Harold McDougall, who coined the concept of civic infrastructure (Black Baltimore: A New Theory of Community, 1993).

NCoC board member Paula Ellis, who is herself a civic journalism pioneer (News for US, 2022), will lead the discussion, which will explore the many contributions McKnight and McDougall have made to how we think about strengthening citizenship and democracy in America.

In our neighborhoods and at the national level, American civic infrastructure is in poor shape; we can work together to improve it.


All National Conference on Citizenship Learning Circles will take place as collaborative zoom calls. Register for the event to receive the call details and updates on the call.

About the National Conference on Citizenship:

The National Conference on Citizenship (NCoC) is dedicated to strengthening civic life in America. We pursue our mission through a nationwide network of partners involved in a cutting-edge civic health initiative, our cross-sector conferences and engagement with a broad spectrum of individuals and organizations interested in utilizing civic engagement principles and practices to enhance their work. Connecting people for the purpose of strengthening civic life is our goal. At the core of our joint efforts is the belief that every person has the ability to help their community and country thrive. Learn more at ncoc.org.