<aside> ℹ️ There are four "Phases" of the Civic Innovators Fellowship. This document lays out each phase. In the section for Phase Two, we share a syllabus for the Fellowship's Training Phase.


🚀 Phase One: Orientation (February 3rd-February 5th)

<aside> ℹ️ The Orientation Phase is your time to get set up for success for the rest of the Fellowship. In this phase, you will... → Complete the self-directed Fellowship orientation course, which will be released on Friday, September 9th and is due by Sunday, September 11th. Orientation should take you no more than 1 hour.


💪 Phase Two: Training (February 6th - April 10th)

<aside> ℹ️ The Training Program Phase is the "meat" of the Fellowship. In this phase, you will... → Learn a lot about the most vexing problems facing the U.S. and the world → Learn "systems thinking" and about sociopolitical systems you care to improve → You will leave with a civic innovator portfolio that will display your newfound expertise and be key to unlocking future opportunities


Lesson Date Topic Reading or Video Optional Additional Content Co-Host Slides Recording
1 2/6 Civic Innovation → RethinkX: Rethinking Humanity Report

→ The Innovator’s DNA

| → Innovation Beats Invention Hands Down

→ The 2050 City: What Civic Innovation Looks Like Today - And Tomorrow | Verta Maloney | | | | 2 | 2/13 | Systems Thinking | → Introduction to Systems Thinking

→ Video: Systems Thinking! or Systems Thinking: A Cautionary Tale | → Video: Peter Senge “Systems Thinking for a Better World”

→ Podcast: Here’s Our Plan and We Don’t Know | Nick Varney | | | | 3 | 2/20 | Climate | → Through the Smog: The Climate Report

→ A Giant Donut-Shaped Machine Just Proved a Near Limitless Clean Power Source is Possible

→ Infographic: The Impacts of Climate Change at 1.5C, 2C and Beyond | → 11 Million New Oysters in New York Harbor (but None for You to Eat) - The New York Times

→ After Years of Doubts, Hope Grows that Nuclear Fusion is Finally for Real and Could Help Address Climate Change - The Boston Globe | Madison Adams | | | | 4 | 2/27 | Law & Justice | → Need to Report a Hate Crime? There May be an App for That

→ The Civil Rights Lawyer Who Paved the Path

→ Website: Namati.org | → Video: Vivek Maru “How to Put the Power of Law into People’s Hands”

→ Article: To Stop the Relentless March of Climate Change We Must Empower Those Most at Risk | Tim Hunter | | | | 5 | 3/6 | Urban Planning & Transportation | → The 10 Most Innovative Urban Development Companies of 2021

→ Make Way for the One-Minute City | → 15 Innovations that Shaped the City

→ Alexander Garvin, Who Reimagined Ground Zero, Is Dead at 80 - The New York Times | Josh Thompson | | | | 6 | 3/13 | Politics & Media | → A Simple Plan to Solve All of America’s Problems

→ Can changing election dates save democracy? | → Can local news save democracy?

→ Students’ Civic Online Reasoning: A National Portrait | Thanasi Dilos | | | | 7 | 3/20 | Education | → Knowledge Access: The Effect of Carnegie Libraries on Innovation

→ Video: The Resurrection of St. Benedict’s (60 Minutes) | → Video: The Case for Innovation in Education

→ The Decade for Innovation in Education

→ What Do we Mean by Educational Innovation? | Verta Maloney | | | | 8 | 3/27 | Housing | → Innovative Solutions for the Housing Crisis

→ Charlotte May Have Cracked the Code on Affordable Housing: Here’s How

→ To Solve the Housing Crisis, We Have to Increase the Housing Supply

| → Video: Meet the Young People Fixing the Affordable Housing Crisis One Idea at a Time

→ Video: In Defense of the “gentrification building” | Drisana Hughes | | | | 9 | 4/3 | International Relations | → Sony’s Nightmare Before Christmas | → Tools of Foreign Policy

→ E-International Relations | Luna Ruiz | | | | 10 | 4/10 | Tech & Web3 | → The Latecomer’s Guide to Crypto

→ Climate Collective | → The Bulldozer vs. Vetocracy Political Axis

→ Estonia’s Embrace of Digital Citizenship is a Model For Us All | Verta Maloney | | |

📜 Phase Three: Portfolio Drafting (April 10th - April 17th)

<aside> ℹ️ During this Phase, Fellows will: → Finish their Civic Innovator Portfolio which consists of at least one Case Brief on a particular vexing issue plaguing a city, state, or country. → Fellows will be able to utilize these portfolio's to display their commitment to future internships, employers, etc.


Civic Innovators Portfolio and Case Briefs 💼

One of the objectives of the Fellowship is to leave Fellows with a Civic Innovators Portfolio that they can bring with them to job/internship interviews or use for future academic pursuits. Their portfolio consists of at least one Case Brief that they complete during the Fellowship.

Case Briefs are an analysis of a vexing problem facing a particular sector of society. For example, a Fellow may examine how an increase in flooding on the Mississippi river has impacted commerce in the south and midwest, and propose solutions to mitigate the effects.

Case Brief structure:

  1. Issue (~200 words): Give the reader a brief overview of the issue/problem. You may draw from the description of the issue/problem as described in the relevant lesson and assigned readings.

  2. Analysis (~350 words): Analyze and critique past and current solutions already proposed and/or attempted to solve this issue.

  3. Proposal (~350 words):

  1. Further Questions (~200 words): Suggest questions that still need to be studied and any other relevant information that would be helpful to solve this vexing issue.

You can find an example of a well done Case Brief here.

🚀 Phase Four: Solve-a-Thon (April 15th)