Case Studies

Feb 172017
 

The Civic Nonprofit Demonstration (CNP) of the Minnesota Active Citizenship Initiative (MACI) was launched in 2003 when Sean Kershaw became executive director of the Citizens League. In August 2015, Citizens League membership in CNP was formally sunset after many attempts to advance a civic organizing approach within the institution. The experience provided essential information for Read More

Feb 072017
 

Ensuring water quality is one of the greatest public policy issues we face today. All of the decisions made in all places impact water quality, however, in our current system, the problem of water pollution is seen as government’s to solve, with little obligation for other sectors to play a role, and little incentive to organize Read More

Feb 072017
 

Kowalski’s Companies has successfully produced a civic business model and is moving forward to ensure sustainability in the next generation. Over the 15 years that they have been a member of MACI, they have grown tremendously. They have identified these keys to their success as a sustainable civic institution:  having a strong and focused internal Read More

Dec 012015
 

We are focusing on specific policy changes without focusing on the capacity for current systems to implement them. The authors are proposing that institutional governance is a primary public policy issue and applying that argument to the governing structure and capacity of non profits. The argument is grounded in the: The need for change based Read More

Mar 012015
 
Renewing the Public Congregation Case Study 2014

This Renewing the Public Congregation case study is presented by the Islamic Civic Society of America. Islamic Civic Society of America (ICSA) demonstrates the compatibility between Islamic and Civic principles in a democratic society. Members of ICSA are dedicated to governing for the common good while addressing the specific needs of the Muslim community. The Read More

Jan 092015
 

The Civic Governance (CG) case study was updated November 2014 and presented to MACI institutional members. Updates focused on progress made advancing our solution strategy, a new approach to water governance called Civic Governance, in three regional pilot settings – Minnesota St. Croix River Basin. Wisconsin St. Croix River Basin, and Como Lake Subwatershed in St. Paul, MN. 2014 goals for each pilot included testing our capacity to organize a CG infrastructure, produce an educational track to support expansion and advancing a Civic Governance Policy Agenda based on outcomes from organizing in our respective pilot settings. Read More

Aug 272014
 

We are testing a framework and approach, called Civic Governance (also called Civic Policymaking), as a strategy for transitioning our current approach to watershed governance to a civic approach. We are intentionally moving away from an expert-based, government-agency-driven system, toward one that is partnership-based and made up of citizens across our watersheds so that governing our waters is within the role and responsibility of all citizen leaders, from public and private sectors, throughout Minnesota. We have established three pilot projects to test this approach: two in the mostly rural St. Croix River Basin and one in the mostly urban Como Lake watershed. Read More

Sep 252012
 

A Kowalski’s vendor was having trouble keeping up with orders. Kowalski’s was experiencing frequent out of stocks, mislabeled product, and poor communications. Out of stocks lead to unhappy customers and, in the long run, lack of sales and sustainability for our company. Improper labeling could bring heavy fines from the FDA. Read More

Oct 312011
 

Islamic Civic Society of America (ICSA) demonstrates the compatibility between Islamic and civic principles in a democratic society. Members of ICSA are dedicated to governing for the common good while addressing the specific needs of the Muslim community. ICSA is an institutional member of the Renewing the Public Congregation (RPC) demonstration of the Minnesota Active Citizenship Initiative. Read More