Interactive Forum Tests Audience EQ

In a lively exchange with the audience of CivicStory’s forum on “News & Democracy,” panelists and attendees calculate their EQs (election quotients) - meaning, the total number of political representatives each of us votes for.   

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If you find our stories about civics and sustainability in NJ valuable and informative, now is a critical time to invest in positive stories about the Garden State!  CivicStory depends on contributions from our supporters -- and we are thrilled to be eligible for NewsMatch, a national call-to-action that supports nonprofit news sites like CivicStory.

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Drive-By Distress in NJ Port Cities

We drive, ride, or fly by New Jersey’s massive port operations all the time - and yet we rarely stop to see or even think about the impact on people who live nearby. To paraphrase one of the panelists in a recent Rutgers conference on clean ports, the shipping industry is hiding in plain sight: everybody knows it’s there; everybody benefits from the trade that passes through them, but few take notice of the environmental costs.

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Art All Night Non-Gala

How to recover from the kind of tragedy that struck Trenton’s popular Art All Night gathering a few months ago? At Artworks Trenton, the healing process included a “Non-Gala” last Saturday evening, complete with food trucks, silent auction, DJ, and an opportunity for the community to reaffirm its support for the annual arts extravaganza.

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A “Blueprint of Possibilities” for Reversing Global Warming

While world leaders convene at the UN General Assembly this week, The Climate Group was making sure climate change was on the agenda of public discourse in New York. A series of climate-related events across the city included Monday’s sold-out gathering at the NY Society for Ethical Culture, focused on “Drawdown”, a massive international project comprising comprehensive strategies for reversing global warming. 

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Creative New Jersey Kickstarts Community Collaboration & Trust

This story was originally published as a guest blog of the Jefferson Center, a nonprofit, nonpartisan citizen engagement organization working on crafting democratic solutions to today's toughest challenges. (https://jefferson-center.org/)

“How can we provide our youth with safe places for creative expression? How can we encourage young professionals to live, work, and raise families here?”

These and dozens of other questions…

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Ideas and Possibilities Abound at MSU's 2018 Collaborative Journalism Summit

I was fortunate to attend last week's Collaborative Journalism Summit at Montclair State University, and found it wonderfully informative and engaging.  Presented by MSU's Center for Cooperative Media, the conference was held Thursday to Friday, May 10 -11 at the School of Communication & Media, a facility so beautiful it might spoil some students.

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Inspired by Taxes 

"Why do we tax, what do we tax, and how do we relate needs and scarce resources?" These questions don't normally lift the spirit and stir the soul. But when we asked four legal and finance experts to envision improvements in New Jersey's tax system during a CivicStory public forum on April 4 in Summit, the conversation led us to…

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