President and CEO, Doris Duke Charitable Foundation
Information, Media, and Civic Strength
Join us for the third in our four-part series on Public Governance and Engagement, bringing together NAPA’s Grand Challenges Work and the recent AAA&S report, Our Common Purpose: Reinventing American Democracy for the 21st Century, which was the product of a two-year bipartisan Commission on the Practice of Democratic Citizenship to study political and civic life around the country. Panelists will discuss the current state of the media environment, including how changes in the information environment impact citizen engagement. In addition, the discussion will address the prevalence of misinformation and disinformation and provide examples of social media being used to serve community needs and strengthen civic culture.
Our Common Purpose
Last year the American Academy of Arts & Sciences (AAA&S) released the results of a two-year bipartisan Commission on the Practice of Democratic Citizenship to study political and civic life around the country. The commission’s final report, Our Common Purpose: Reinventing American Democracy for the 21st Century, is a sweeping and comprehensive proposal to strengthen American constitutional democracy. Inspired by conversations with hundreds of Americans across demographic, geographic and ideological lines, the report includes 31 interconnected recommendations to help the nation emerge as a more resilient democracy by 2026, the nation's 250th anniversary.
The Grand Challenges
In 2019, the National Academy of Public Administration (NAPA) announced 12 Grand Challenges in Public Administration in four critical areas. These challenges resulted from a year-long effort of research and stakeholder engagement led by a Steering Committee with support from the Academy staff. The Academy knew these were important and timely topics, but the global spread of the coronavirus pandemic crystalized the urgency of addressing these challenges. At the beginning of 2020, the Academy formed Working Groups of Fellows charged with identifying immediate practical steps that the Administration in 2021—whether a reelected Trump Administration, or a newly elected Biden Administration—should take to begin addressing each Grand Challenge. These Election 2020 action plans were released on a rolling basis during the summer and fall of 2020.
***This session is open to the media but not for attribution.***