From the Sustainable Cities Collective, a company that supports “urban sustainability professionals”, this “give a minute” tool is an example of a clever way to use technology to make civic engagement easier for individual citizen. The take away from this piece, however, is that while making engagement easy is useful, the young people who most take advantage of tech forms of engagement are those already engaged.
The takeaway: Even with all these great tools, its important to remember that technology isn’t sufficient to get people to get involved—rather, they need to already understand the importance of being engaged.
Civic engagement should be a primary responsibility of schools and this can’t just take the form of book-learning and memorization of the branches of government. If we want young people to learn to participate we must help them be participants–civic learning through civic action.