Author Archives: cjlingle

About cjlingle

I'm a civic engagement strategist working in Seattle and New York, helping organizations build communities and persuade audiences on issues of climate, democracy, and social justice.

Tyrannis Non Grata

Citizen machinery in action. We know the risks; we see them firsthand every day, with much darker shadows on the road ahead. It makes sense to focus one’s energies on an achievable set of actions. This is one such effort, … Continue reading

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Presidential Paranoia and the News

Always read Dr. David Greenberg. At The American Prospect, David offers a tight, accurate snapshot of the Republican vituperation toward news media from its most paranoid poles, Nixon and Trump. The piece, like David’s books and writing generally, is very good … Continue reading

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Jet City Rockin’

Seattle is putting it’s money where its democracy is: out in public. Too bad the president won’t do the same. http://komonews.com/news/local/protesters-rally-in-seattle-call-on-trump-to-release-tax-returns  

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This Is How We Do

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Legitimate Allegiance

Perhaps too rarely, advocates manage to link the climate conundrum with one of the most powerful civic narratives, patriotism (which, as we know, is intensely dangerous in the wrong hands—and it’s often in the wrong hands). When it works, it’s … Continue reading

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The LA Times Brings the Pain

The LA Times has launched a potent and incisive series examining the many severe limitations and burgeoning problems of the Trump administration. On on hand, one might be surprised that an organization—even a tough-minded editorial board in America’s second largest city—could make … Continue reading

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Build the Democracy Machine

From the distinguished Dr. John Gastil of Penn State: an argument—and a model—for a digital network that effectively connects and advances democratic deliberation and action: the Democracy Machine. We can absolutely create systems like this. As this paper argues, we need the vision, … Continue reading

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