The Participation Blog

Hope for America’s Funk

Even if you don’t feel this way yourself, the evidence is pretty clear that we’re generally in a lousy mood in this country. The result is a lack of overall civic trust that shows in the numbers; like only 41 percent of people trusting organized religion – and that’s even before the most recent news about the Catholic church. Only 20 percent of people trust media and only 23 percent trust organized labor. And a short time back, one poll suggested that barely half (52 percent) of us actually have faith in American democracy! Now, you may be wondering about the hope part in the headline, so here it is; millennials are taking over. Read on, and please tell them to hurry.