About CPN

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can these fine outstanding folks lead us to the promised land ? perhaps
we should engage.

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 <FONT SIZE=7>W</FONT><FONT SIZE=6>hat is CPN?</FONT>
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 Born of the movement for a "new citizenship" and "civic revitalization," CPN is a collaborative and nonpartisan project dedicated to bringing practical tools for public problem solving into community and institutional settings across America.
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 <H3><center> Who We Are</center> </H3>
 
 We are community organizers, civic journalists, and youth activists.  We are grassroots environmentalists, business people and civil servants working collaboratively to create safe and sustainable local economies.  We are union and business innovators, dispute resolution practitioners, participatory urban planners. We are teachers and librarians working to develop civic skills at every level of our educational system.  We are community health and social welfare professionals working to empower families and develop community capacities for solving problems in a diverse and complex society undergoing rapid change.
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 We are trainers and consultants in some of the most successful community partnerships and consensus building projects in the United States today.  We are civic leaders, foundation officers and policy experts developing new approaches that enhance citizens' roles in active public problem solving and responsible democratic deliberation.  
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 <H3><center>Telling the Stories, Sharing the Tools</center> </H3> 
 
 Our common mission is to tell the stories of civic innovation, share the practical wisdom, and exchange the most effective tools available.  Our affiliates provide case studies from which others can learn.  We provide training manuals, "best practice" guides, and evaluative tools so that all of us can become more skillful about the public work that we do.  We map innovative projects around the country, and help each other locate other civic assets and partners. And we engage each other about the big ideas that underlie our democratic heritage so that we can continue to renew it to meet the challenges of the 21st century.
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 CPN is a pluralist and nonpartisan network of civic educators and practitioners who share this commitment.  Our World Wide Web pages provide online, multimedia capacities to exchange the broadest range of practical tools and diverse experiences, and to fashion these for use in many different settings: schools and professional training programs, community centers and public libraries, government agencies and private businesses, homes and churches -- wherever people gather to do important civic work and learning.  
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 We provide these online to the broad public as a common resource for practical civic education, responsible community action, and democratic policy making.  They can be printed out, photocopied, and assembled as customized workbooks, course readers, and resource guides.  Original printed materials and other resources can be ordered from our affiliates, and previewed online: videos, manuals, audio tapes, project evaluations. CPN charges no fee for this service, and minimizes copyright barriers for all nonprofit educational uses. 
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 <center><h3>Join Us</h3></center>
 
 We invite all civic innovators to join us in this collaborative endeavor by sharing their own case studies and best practices.  Help us develop ways to make your work more widely known and utilized.  Help us to build together a resource that reflects the richest practical work occurring in communities and workplaces all across America, and that is worthy of our common commitment to educate ourselves -- and our leaders! -- about collaborative ways to solve problems, renew our civic culture, and revitalize our democratic institutions.
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 The CPN gratefully acknowledges the generous support of the Surdna Foundation as well as the Florence Heller School for Advanced Studies in Social Welfare at Brandeis University, the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, the Center for Democracy and Citizenship, Hubert. H. Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs, University of Minnesota, and Temple University Press.
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 For more information, click on the following:
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 <LI><A HREF="/cpn/sections/about_cpn/staff.html" target=_top>Editorial teams and advisory board</A>
 <LI><A HREF="/cpn/sections/welcome/new_citizenship.html" target=_top>The new citizenship: an overview</a> 
 <li><A HREF="/cpn/sections/welcome/how_to_use.html" target=_top>How to use CPN</a> 
 <li><A HREF="/cpn/sections/welcome/be_affiliate.html" target=_top>Becoming an affiliate</a> 
 <li><A HREF="/cpn/sections/about_cpn/submission.html" target=_top>Submission form  
 <li><A HREF="/cpn/sections/welcome/terms.html" target=_top>Terms and conditions of use</a>
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 If you have questions, or want to know more about sharing your work on CPN, you can write us or send materials to: 
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 Civic Practices Network (CPN)<br>			
 Center for Human Resources<br>
 Heller School for Advanced Studies in Social Welfare<BR>
 Brandeis University<br>
 60 Turner Street<br>				
 Waltham, MA 02154<p>
 Phone: (617) 736-4890<br>
 FAX: (617) 736-4891<br>
 email: <a href="mailto: cpn@tiac.net" target=_top>cpn@tiac.net</a>
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