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More Than Just the Land of 10,000 Lakes

Posted by hlaverty on November 5, 2009

The National Conference on Citizenship (NCoC) Website has a featured discussion called “Minnesota #1 In Civic Engagement”.

After reading the discussion and going through the report myself, Minnesota and it’s citizens deserve the title. Here are some of the reasons why it does:
*A long history of civic spirit dating back to the late 1800s.

*The state has the most educated citizenry in the country.

*41.4 percent of Minnesotans said they had increased volunteering despite the economic downturn. Compare that to the national average of 27.8 percent.

*They rank first in voter turnout, with 77.8 % of those eligible voting.

*They also support initiatives for civic change.

Impressive to say the least.

However, Minnesota recognizes they need to sustain these numbers and to keep up with 21st century they came up with some ideas. One is Cultural Change from Me to We: A Campaign to Celebrate our Public Stories of Civic Life.

By publicly sharing stories through media or political figures, people can actually see and read the importance and impact of being involved.

If you’re from Minnesota or live there, how do you think people should publicly share their stories through media?

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One Response to “More Than Just the Land of 10,000 Lakes”

  1. […] by hlaverty on November 19, 2009 A couple weeks ago I posted a blog about Minnesota being #1 in civic engagement and a blog about http://www.GivenMN.org., an online platform […]

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