CCR Blog

A Dialogue on “Andrew Moodie’s Story of Belonging - Otherness”

How does cultural difference impact exclusion and belonging in a multicultural society?

Apr 27 2014 Sheela Kumar
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Recently, I participated in a dialogue at the University of Chicago in which Civic Reflection Fellows used a YouTube video to focus the group’s attention on themes of identity…

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Integrating Civic Reflection into Mental Health Work

Abby Griffith is a mental health technician -- read her thoughts on incorporating civic reflection into her work.

Jun 10 2013 Becca Bernstein

I've spent the last 13 months working as a mental health technician in an acute inpatient psychiatric unit. In this role, I work with patients living with severe depression, suicidal…

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What Attending a Civic Reflection Training Meant to Me

Izabela Grobelna participated in a CCR training in early March -- here's what she had to say about it.

Mar 22 2013 Becca Bernstein
A group of training attendees participate in a discussion

I’ve always been interested in civic reflection without having the words to describe it. The idea of leading or participating in a dialogue is exhilarating enough that despite coming down…

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Facilitator Spotlight: Carly Siuta from City Year Chicago

Dec 03 2012 Yangyang Zong
City Year Chicago members pose for a picture
Carly Siuta, our facilitator of the month, leads civic reflection discussions with City Year members and staff, and supports second-year members as they learn to facilitate.

Carly Siuta, Impact Manager at City Year Chicago, is an experienced civic reflection facilitator and has been leading discussions with AmeriCorps members for 5 years. Carly shared her experiences with…

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The Healing Power of Poetry I

The Poetry Ward: a doctor dispenses poems to medical students

Nov 15 2012 Catherine Tufariello
Doctor holding hand of patient
"Dr. Danielle Ofri recounts how she “prescribes” poems for patients and medical students alike."

In July 2012 the Poetry Foundation published two articles on “The Healing Power of Poetry.” In “The Poetry Ward" Dr. Danielle Ofri recounts how she “prescribes” poems for patients…

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How Civic Reflection Creates “Communities of Care”

"What do communities that share responsibility for each others’ well being look like?"

Oct 18 2012 Becca Bernstein
Community bulletin board
Capital's vision for our lives is one where we are alienated from our work and from each other. Where non-profit jobs mirror for-profit jobs and both end in take-out and television... The change comes when we begin to build communities of care.

​The other day, I stumbled upon a fascinating article called, "An End to Self-Care" by B. Loewe. In it, Loewe claims that he "wants to see an end to self-care...…

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Learning to Make Reflection—Asking Why? How? What Next?—a Priority

Jun 29 2012 Tim Fosbury
The word "Why?" on a sheet of notebook paper
When we consider the questions the Center for Civic Reflection asks, community bonds are tightened, imaginative solutions are offered, and the desire to continue to be civically engaged is revitalized.

At the small liberal arts college where I went to school, service was a priority amongst the students, staff, and faculty. Somewhere around 50% of students performed a couple hours…

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The Role of Civic Reflection in a Technologically Interconnected World

Apr 26 2012 Becca Bernstein
People walking around using technological communication
I firmly believe that civic reflection is a way for people in our technologically interconnected world to feel more connected again.

As I read Sherry Turkle’s April 2012 article in The New York Times, “The Flight from Conversation,” I couldn’t help thinking about civic reflection. In the article, Turkle discusses our…

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What Motivates Us to Volunteer in a Capitalistic, Whatsinitforme Society?

Apr 23 2012 Edwin Blanton
Edwin Blanton
Edwin Blanton is Co-Founder of Ready, Willing...Enable! an international non-profit focused on educational programs for children with disabilities.

I’d been through the tunnel countless times before. I knew its hot, stale air. I knew its crowdedness. I knew its posters for the latest Broadway shows. I was there…

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Teachers Need More Time For Planning, Collaboration and Inquiry

Apr 09 2012 Joby Gardener
The Book, The Flat World and Education
Teachers in high achieving nations spend 40-60% of their time preparing to teach and learning to teach well, while most U.S. teachers have little to no time to work with colleagues during the school day.

As we are inundated with calls for measuring teacher performance, weeding out bad teachers, and hiring, firing, and paying teachers according to student performance on multiple choice standardized tests (and…

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What Socrates Can Tell Us about What Constitutes Dialogue

Mar 19 2012 Adam Davis
Socrates statuette
If Socrates' interactions do model dialogue, his example gives rise to a number of questions. Is dialogue’s chief goal good learning? Or might it be the case that dialogue is good not for what it produces but for what it is?

Dialogue is what this piece is not. Dialogue is an exchange, a back and forth. You say something, I say something, you say something, I say something, and then we,…

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