Civics

Civics Forward 2020

Last year, the U.S. Chamber Foundation made a commitment to educate the business community about the importance of civic knowledge and civil dialogue to our nation.
 
We believe that informed and active citizens make for a strong country, a strong economy, and a strong workforce, and that our continued prosperity depends on the strength of all three.
 
As voters head to the polls, there are many questions about the election and how it’s all going to work, especially during a pandemic.
 

Thomas Jefferson, portrayed by Bill Barker of Monticello, speaks during a civics event at the U.S. Chamber Foundation in Washington, D.C.
© Photo by Ian Wagreich / © U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation

On November 7, 2019, Monticello’s Thomas Jefferson joined the Chamber Foundation for a forum to discuss the state of civic knowledge, civic engagement, and civil discourse in America. This is an excerpt from his remarks to the audience.

Thomas Jefferson, portrayed by Bill Barker of Monticello, speaks during a civics event at the U.S. Chamber Foundation in Washington, D.C.
© Photo by Ian Wagreich / © U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation

George Washington once described “the education of our youth in the science of government” as one of the most important priorities for the young republic. 

The Business Case for Civics Education
Corporations are increasingly embracing how powerful “enlightened self-interest,” as Benjamin Franklin called it, can be as they create deeper linkages with their employees, customers, suppliers, and the communities they operate in.

Civics Education

With the Civics Forward series, the U.S. Chamber Foundation is examining the future of civic education, civic engagement, and civil discourse in America. We bring together leaders in business, education, and government to discuss how we can prepare the next generation for the awesome responsibilities they bear in a democracy.

Korean Peninsula at night from space
© NASA Earth Observatory images by Joshua Stevens, using Suomi NPP VIIRS data from Miguel Román, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
A strong business community matters to the nation because the private sector produces the goods, services, and jobs that society needs to survive and thrive, individually and collectively. Moreover, the private sector-led economic activity provides the revenue to fund the public sector in its vital role in the country.