The Annette Strauss Institute recently produced the Texas Civic Health Index (txcivichealth.org), which found that Texans may be living with an undiagnosed crisis of civic health. In 2010, Texas ranked 51st in voter turnout among the 50 states and Washington, D.C., 49th in the number of citizens who contacted public officials, and 44th in the number of people who discuss politics with family and friends. We can do better!
The Texas Conference on Civic Life brought together citizens from around the state and across partisan aisles to discuss the future of civic engagement and how we can work together toward greater civic health.
Together, we put our crisis in context with the help of nationally renowned experts and scholars and learned from other concerned citizens the innovative methods and tools they use to engage, activate, and inspire.