From December 6-8th, Cedric and I had the opportunity to attend the Funders’ Committee for Civic Participation (FCCP)’s 2010 Winter Convening, Is there a New Normal. As all FCCP conferences do, this one provided us with a space to learn, to think, to build and deepen our relationships with funder colleagues… in short, a space to increase our capacity to be effective and informed civic participation funders.
The breadth and scope of topics covered, concerning the range of interconnected, and often interdependent, issues that fall under a large civic participation umbrella, are much too large to cover all here. Instead, and in the spirit of the conference’s theme, I thought I’d share a few links that can provide a glimpse of the new normal at this year’s gathering:
- Consideration of the Relationship between Culture & Politics: “Cultural change is often the dress rehearsal for political change. Or put in another way, political change is the final manifestation of cultural shifts that have already occurred.” – Jeff Chang
- Testing out Technology Tools Transforming Civic Engagement: National Field | Sunlight Foundation | Presente.org | Voting Information Project
- Exploring Race and the New Normal, Particularly in this Year’s Political Campaigns: Featuring the work and people (Ludovic Blain and Camille Zubrinsky) of the American Values Institute