Competing in the Knight News Challenge on Civic Engagement

The National League of Cities joined over 800 other individuals and institutions competing under the Knight Foundation News Challenge. NLC’s proposal for a Community-based Civic Accelerator and Peer Network will create a coalition of cities that together will ramp-up their citizen engagement initiatives through implementation of both technology applications and enhanced processes in deliberative democracy.

The focus of the Challenge is how improvements might be made in the way citizens interact with their government. The Knight Foundation will allocate a total of $5 million among the top proposals, all of which are available online for review, comment and “applause.”

Municipal officials are encouraged to read the NLC proposal. Cities interested in participating in the NLC peer network are invited to contact the NLC proposal team using the address  The proposal can also be shared using several social media tools including LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter.

The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation supports transformational ideas that promote quality journalism, advance media innovation, engage communities and foster the arts. The foundation believes that democracy thrives when people and communities are well informed and actively and regularly engaged in decision making. Further, the foundation seeks to weave the arts into the fabric of communities to inspire the people living in them. NLC has been a partner with the Knight Foundation in the fields of open data and civic engagement.