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The Sabo Center for Democracy and Citizenship has created a variety of materials to support the theoretical and practical work of democracy.

Democracy’s Education: Public Work, Citizenship, and the Future of Colleges and Universities

Edited by Harry C. Boyte

New possibilities for democratic revitalization with educators as agents and architects, not victims, of change. Today Americans feel powerless in the face of problems on every front. Such feelings are acute in higher education, where educators are experiencing an avalanche of changes: cost-cutting, new technologies, and demands that higher education be narrowly geared to the needs of today’s workplace. College graduates face mounting debt and uncertain job prospects and worry about a coarsening of the mass culture and the erosion of authentic human relationships. Higher education is increasingly seen as a ticket to individual success—a private good, not a public one.

Democracy’s Education grows from the American Commonwealth Partnership, a year-long project to revitalize the democratic narrative of higher education that began with an invitation to Harry Boyte from the White House to put together a coalition aimed at strengthening higher education as a public good. The project was launched at the beginning of 2012 to mark the 150th anniversary of the Morrill Act, which created land grant colleges.

Contributors: Harry C. Boyte, David Mathews, Scott J. Peters, Albert W. Dzur, Martha Kanter, Nancy Cantor, Peter Englot, Robert Bruininks, Andy Furco, Robert Jones, Jayne K. Sommers, Erin A. Konkle, Judith A. Ramaley, Adam Weinberg, Maria Avila, Romand Coles, Blase Scarnati, KerryAnn O’Meara, Timothy K. Eatman, Jamie Haft, Cecilia Orphan, David Hoffman, Julie Ellison, Jenny L. Whitcher, Robert L. Woodson Sr., Sam Daley-Harris, Benjamin R. Barber, Peter Levine, John P. Spencer, Shigeo Kodama, Xolela Mangcu, Lisa Clarke, Paul N. Markham

The Coach’s Guide for Public Achievement is available as a digital file.

This guide contains the material originally published in Building Worlds, Transforming Lives, Making History: A Coach’s Guide for Public Achievement, by Bridget Erlanson and Robert Hildreth, which is out of print.

Download the file here.

Training Manual: Developing and Preparing Coaches

by Margaret Post

54 pages (Minneapolis: Center for Democracy and Citizenship, 2003)

This manual is intended to equip coach coordinators and trainers with a variety of tools, techniques and exercises for coach orientation, coach development, and work with sites.


CitizenSolutionThe Citizen Solution: How You Can Make a Difference

by Harry Boyte

224 pages (Minnesota Historical Society Press, 2008)

Visit your favorite book retailer to purchase a copy.

Voices of Hope: The Story of the Jane Addams School for Democracy


edited by Nan Kari and Nan Skelton

144 pages (Charles K. Kettering Foundation, 2007)


everydaypoliticsEveryday Politics: Reconnecting Citizens and Public Life

by Harry C. Boyte

239 pages (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2004)

Visit your favorite bookstore or online book retailer to purchase a copy.

commonwealthCommonwealth: A Return to Citizen Politics

by Harry C. Boyte

Harry Boyte offers a reinterpretation of politics and power in which citizens, not experts and pundits, take center stage.

218 pages. (New York: The Free Press, 1989)

Visit your favorite bookstore or online book retailer to purchase a copy.

free_spacesFree Spaces: The Sources of Democratic Change

by Sara M. Evans and Harry C. Boyte.

A pathbreaking study of the nature of democratic movements.

227 pages. (New York: Harper & Row, 1986)

Visit your favorite bookstore or online book retailer to purchase a copy.

building_americaBuilding America: The Democratic Promise of Public Work

by Harry C. Boyte and Nancy N. Kari

Boyte and Kari use examples from low-income communities, colleges, high-tech newspapers, government agencies, and schools, to put forth an original theory of work as a source of democratic renewal.

255 pages. (Philadelphia: Temple University Press, 1996)

Visit your favorite bookstore or online book retailer to purchase a copy.

Power and Hope: Awakening Democracy Through Public Work

Awakening Democracy Through Public Work: Pedagogies of Empowerment, is a new book written by Harry C. Boyte which tells many stories of Public Achievement and public work in the United States and around the world. Public work is a civic philosophy with deep roots in nonviolent traditions that express a generative power, never more needed than today when power is understood as domination and control.

This event will feature a diversity of voices, an opportunity to purchase a copy of the book and have it signed by the author.

Monday, November 12th,

6:00 – 8:00 p.m.

Augsburg University, Hagfors Center, Room 150

700 21st Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55454