WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO BE CIVIC MINDED?
What does it mean to be civic minded and how can people become more civic minded? People often express this as a goal, and we all agree that being “civic minded” is better than being “non-civic minded”. But what is civic mindedness?
To offer a formal definition, civic mindedness generally involves doing three different factors; engaging in social contact with your wider community, expressing an interest in government, and using media (or social media) for public affairs and public good. Our own definition is that civic mindedness is the willingness and ability to create ideas or perform actions that promote an improvement for society.
In our section on “How To Be Civic Minded” we outline some of the tasks that increase civic-mindedness, but in this section we provide more detail on what it means to be civic-minded, the benefits of this, and where we often find the most civic-minded people.
Now, while much of the work on civic-mindedness has focused on building civic-minded graduates through the University System, we believe that this is a much wider issue and one that can be built by everyone, together, one small task at a time.
However, we are not alone in this effort; below we highlight links to other work that attempts to build civic-mindedness with a host of different audiences.