This from @ayjay – “we were just beginning to figure out what blogs could do when their development was pre-empted by the rise of big social media platforms” – has me thinking about how to nurture dialogue across social media silos. The Blog Garden

Democracy Is a Habit: Practice It | By @MRogers097

My friend, @MRogers097, has some important things to say here in Democracy Is a Habit: Practice It in the @BostonReview, HT @PubPhilJ:

For Dewey, democracy’s survival depends on a set of habits and dispositions—in short, a culture—to sustain it.

This is as true for institutions of higher education, I would add, as it is for democracies.

Checks and balances do not have an agency of their own. A democracy is only as strong as the [people] who inhabit it.

In focusing on culture, Dewey asks us not to leave the fate of our politics and policies wholly up to chance. He asks us to see that securing freedom, equal protection, and human dignity requires that we fight to have those values enshrined as part of the self-understanding of the citizenry.

Source: Democracy Is a Habit: Practice It | Boston Review

Having coffee @Starbucks with my daughter; learning about the @MSUBroad intern experience and her summer reading on evolution.