"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world.

Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has"

Margaret Mead, Anthropologist
(used with permission)

"If you don't like the news .... go out and make some of your own !!"

Wes "Scoop" Nisker, Newscaster


Government is a slow and tedious process. While it often includes citizen and neighborhood involvement, non-governmental, private organizations have created movements and interesting groups which can create positive change in our cities and towns.

I am fascinated by the way groups are created and how they influence public decision making. This blog merely recognizes them and forwards the description of these groups from their own websites.

Monday, August 27, 2012

UNCC Urban Institute

Location: Charlotte, NC

Website: www.sfestuary.org

The Institute is one of the nonpartisan applied research and community outreach centers of UNC Charlotte. Founded in 1969, the Institute provides a wide range of services, including technical assistance and training related to operations and data management; public opinion surveys; land-use and natural resources consulting; economic development research and community planning to meet the needs of the Charlotte region and its citizens.

The Institute is part of UNC Charlotte's Metropolitan Studies and Extended Academic Programs (MSExAP), which oversees a number of the University's premier community engagement initiatives. For more information on MSExAP, go to http://mseap.uncc.edu/.

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