Annette Strauss Institute

Civic Life
7:59 am
Fri November 8, 2013

The Life of the Civic Party: Austin-Based Institute Works to Get People More Involved

Some people prefer to keep their distance from politics, the Capitol, and civic life. A conference this weekend is one of many efforts try and get people more comfortable with participating.
Filipa Rodrigues for KUT News

Voting in elections. Volunteering. Calling up elected officials. All ways to be civically involved. All things that Texans don't exactly do in large numbers.

A study earlier this year by the Annette Strauss Institute for Civic Life at the University of Texas at Austin found Texas ranks near the bottom on almost every aspect of civic engagement. The state's civic health is bad. The Institute is gathering people together Saturday, Nov. 9, to try to come up with some good medicine.

Institute Director Regina Lawrence talked with KUT's Jennifer Stayton before the conference about how to best get people off the civic sidelines and into the game:

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Technology
9:29 am
Tue October 22, 2013

Could 'Respect' Instead of 'Like' Lead to More Civil Discourse Online?

Natalie Stroud of the Engaging News Project. A part of the Annette Strauss Institute for Civic Life, the ENP researches new ways to engage online audiences.
Engaging News Project

When it comes to news, what do you like?

We all tend to gravitate toward the things we like and avoid the things we don’t but, according to UT Professor Natalie Stroud, that’s bad news for democracy. As director of the Engaging News Project, Stroud has come up with an intriguing proposition: What if we replace the ‘like’ button with a ‘respect’ button?

Stroud spoke with KUT’s David Brown on the Engaging News Project’s recent experiment.

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