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Public Governance and Civic Engagement Joint Series Event 1

May 12, 2021 @ 03:00:00 pm - May 12, 2021 @ 04:15:00 pm
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A Theory of Change: Connecting Civic Culture and Governance


Join us for the first 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 overlapping goals of the two projects and explore the connections between public administration, civic culture, and constituent engagement. The conversation will highlight real world examples of key actions happening around the country and present a framework for future briefings.

Pete Peterson

Pete Peterson is the Dean of the Pepperdine School of Public Policy, Senior Fellow at the Davenport Institute at Pepperdine, member of the AAA&S Commission on the Practice of Democratic Citizenship

Miles Rapoport

Miles Rapoport is a Senior Practice Fellow in American Democracy at the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation at the Harvard Kennedy School, member of the AAA&S Commission on the Practice of Democratic Citizenship

Anne Khademian

Anne M. Khademian is a Presidential Fellow, Office of the President, Virginia Tech; and Former Director, School of Public and International Affairs, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

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Elaine Kamarck

Elaine Karmarck is a Senior Fellow, Governance Studies Program; and Director, Center for Effective Public Management, Brookings Institution

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Moderator

Teresa W. Gerton

President and CEO

Terry Gerton has been President and CEO of the National Academy of Public Administration since January 2017. Before joining the Academy, she spent nearly 12 years in the Senior Executive Service as a career member and as a political appointee, and 20 years of service as an active duty Army officer.

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Our Common Purpose

Last year the American Academy of Arts & Sciences 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.***
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