YPP Network Description

The MacArthur Research Network on Youth and Participatory Politics (YPP) formed out of recognition that youth are critical to the future of democracy and that the digital age is introducing technological changes that are impacting how youth develop into informed, engaged, and effective actors.

The Good Citizen in the Digital Era
by Howard Gardner
December 3, 2015
So, what do we mean when we speak of someone as being a good citizen? If you’d asked me a decade ago, I would have said the good citizen is well-informed, votes regularly, occasionally signs petitions and writes to his elected representative. I might have added that the exemplary citizen does not only pursue her self-interest but also takes into account what is appropriate for the wider community, even if she does not thereby directly benefit. As a result of my membership in a MacArthur Foundation research network called “Youth and Participatory Politics,” I’ve changed my mind.