Sustaining our democratic republic requires an informed and engaged public. But this fundamental pre-requisite is threatened by the decades-long decline in civic education that has left Americans lacking the skills to fulfill their essential role in moving us towards a more perfect union. We must invest in reinvigorating civics for all ages, K-12 and adults. All Americans need to understand the fundamentals of our democratic republic and their role in sustaining it. There is an urgent need to rediscover our shared values, relearn the fundamentals of our constitutional republic, and re-form a sense of civic identity and commitment in our communities and across the nation. This is the role of civics education. Business leaders are optimally positioned to lead this charge.

In the Civics at Work initiative, CSIS, in collaboration with civics groups, is working with business leaders to reinvigorate civics literacy as a national and economic security imperative, both through their respective workforces and in their larger communities. 

Taking the Pledge
 

In joining this initiative, business leaders commit to putting civics to work by:
 

  1. Advocating for a nationwide emphasis on educating students on the fundamentals of democracy and the role of the individual in sustaining it,
  2. Engaging their workforce to expand civics knowledge and exercise civic skills, and
  3. Supporting local communities in their activities to promote civic literacy and engagement.

If your business or organization is interested in signing the ‘Civics at Work’ pledge, please reach out to civics@csis.org.

Related Project Events and Analysis


Civics at Work: Implementation Guide for Businesses

Sustaining our democratic republic requires an informed and engaged public. But this fundamental prerequisite is threatened by the decades-long decline in civic education that has left Americans lacking the skills and the knowledge of the nuts and bolts of our system to fulfill their essential role in moving our nation toward a more perfect union.

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Photo: Suzanne Spaulding

Photo: Suzanne Spaulding



Civics for Adults: A Guide for Civics Content Providers

Reinvigorating civics has become a national and economic security imperative. The urgency requires reaching not just K-12 students but also adults. This guide is for individuals looking to engage in civics conversations and activities with adults.

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Photo: Suzanne Spaulding

Photo: Suzanne Spaulding



‘Civics at Work’ Launch Event

The "Civics at Work" initiative is a partnership with leading civics groups, national security practitioners, and business leaders looking to elevate civics as a national and economic security imperative.

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Photo: eurobanks/Adobe Stock

Photo: eurobanks/Adobe Stock



Civics as a National Security Imperative

The events and analysis listed on this page highlight how reinvigorating and prioritizing civics and civic education is an essential part of our national security.

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 Photo: W.Scott McGill/Adobestock

Photo: W.Scott McGill/Adobestock



Defending Democratic Institutions

This project seeks to understand how adversaries use cyber and disinformation operations to disrupt democracy and cultivate a sense of public distrust in democratic institutions. Reinvigorating civics builds public resilience against these efforts.

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Photo: Donald Miralle/Getty Images

Photo: Donald Miralle/Getty Images