We believe.

Community. Learning. Innovation. Power. Optimism. Civic Nebraska stands for these values in our streets, schools, and institutions.

Since its founding in 2008, Civic Nebraska has committed to strengthening civic life across our state, from rural communities to urban neighborhoods. Why we do this every day– why we build a more modern and robust democracy for all Nebraskans  – comes from our grounding in our state’s history, and our optimism for its future. 
We know that we’re only here because of the community, innovation, learning, power, and optimism of those who came before us. Those Nebraskans were dedicated to building a better state, and we’re committed to continuing their vision for the benefit of future generations.
We believe:

Community is built on trust and engagement.

Community is at the heart of everything we do, and we’re better when we work together. A community thrives when people trust each other, and we show up for one another.

Innovation leads to continuous improvement and greater impact. 

We embrace new ideas and put them into action. We learn together today so we can implement change tomorrow.

Learning creates pathways to participation and progress.

We are driven to advance learning as an act of civic engagement. Learning in all its forms strengthens us and our community.

Power is inherent in every person.

We connect people to power and believe that power should be shared. Anyone can lead change in their community.

Optimism is a driving force for change.

We believe that our work matters and expect to make an impact. We’re optimistic about our democracy, and we’re hopeful for Nebraska’s future.
Above all, Civic Nebraska believes in a Cornhusker State where all ages and backgrounds join to take action in our democracy in innovative and meaningful ways.
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We asked, and Nebraskans delivered by nominating more than 100 titles for our annual summer reading list on democracy, civics, history, and the social sciences. Here are our favorites from the bunch.

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