Celebrating its 70th birthday, the National Conference on Citizenship joined Tufts University’s Tisch College of Civic Life in co-hosting this convening focused on strengthening civic life to aid those working every day to address their communities’ most pressing challenges.



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Participant Input: 2016 Annual Conference on Citizenship


Envisioned as an early step in implementing NCoC’s Civic Renewal Initiative outlined on NCoC’s Roadmap for Change, the convening was designed to build upon existing data, resources, and partnerships and upon the work of others committed to civic renewal – a renewal that is not about politics, but about the heart and soul of our communities. The goal was to bring issue-focused individuals and organizations not currently involved in civic life discussions into the conversation. If we are to meet this moment, we must learn from each other and commit to advancing civic renewal together.

The conference took place October 13-14, 2016 in Washington, DC. It was designed to be interactive; participants were challenged to consider what civic life in America would look like if it strove for equity, diversity, and inclusion. The Civic Life Map was presented as one way to look at our civic health. During the course of the conference, participants were invited to add, edit, or move boxes and arrows to help build a better civic life diagram.

Over 50 speakers, facilitators and discussion leaders led the convening engaging 275+ participants representing local communities, non-profits, educational institutions, government agencies, foundations and corporations.



How can we meet this moment in ways that inspire deep, diverse, sustainable civic participation in all its forms and from all segments of society? An immediate and robust effort is needed! One that can renew our sense of shared values and responsibilities as American citizens-renewal that is partly about personal responsibility and partly about collective opportunity.

At the core of our effort is the belief that every person has the ability to help their community and country thrive. With a focus on equity, diversity and inclusion, our pathway forward builds on the work of the Civic Health Index network as described in our Roadmap for Change.

Award Honorees

2016 Citizen of the Year Citizen of the Year Award – General Arthur T. Dean, Chairman and CEO – CADCA, Community Anti Drug Coalitions of America

Major George A. Smith Memorial Fund’s 2016 HOOAH Award – William McNulty, Co-Founder and CEO of Team Rubicon Global.

About the Co-Hosts

The National Conference on Citizenship (NCoC) is a congressionally chartered organization dedicated to strengthening civic life in America. At the core of our efforts is the belief that every person has the ability to help their community and country thrive.

The Tufts University’s Tisch College of Civic Life is a national leader in civic education. Tisch College prepares young people to be lifelong active citizens and creates an enduring culture of active citizenship.

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