But with culture changing so rapidly these days, it can feel like we’re caught in a whirlwind, spinning out of control.
Decades of research sheds light on the complexity of our times. With this project we’re creating a dynamic network of leaders like you, teaming up with scholars and researchers to wrestle with the hard and daily questions of how we can live good lives, thrive in our communities, and teach our children the essential lessons of character and citizenship.
We’re here to work with you. We’re here to listen to you. Together, we’re a diverse community with different backgrounds, multiple perspectives, and a wealth of experiences, and it’s here that we can share our stories, learn from each other, and seek solutions together. We’d love to hear your thoughts on how we can do better.
Culture for the Common Good.
Nine Million Reasons Why
“We shape culture,” states CultureFeed, the Foundation’s new website, “and culture shapes us.”
Readers of The Hedgehog Review will recognize this credo as a variation on Hedgehog’s tagline. But while CultureFeed’s premises may be familiar, the site has a goal, tone and audience entirely its own.
Where Hedgehog drills deep into the substrate of contemporary culture, CultureFeed surveys the cultural landscape and encourages cultural leaders and communicators to ensure Americans don’t lose site of our common future and the common good. In contrast to the thrust and parry of Hedgehog’s intellectual discourse, CultureFeed’s journalistic prose popularizes Institute language in order to clarify, persuade, and enlighten – to stimulate leaders’ mindfulness and resolve on the field of action.
For now, CultureFeed is focused on K – 12 schooling, reaching out to educators and education leaders about the need to help mold the private and public character of our young. Featuring essays by pioneers like Eva Moskowitz and international analysts like Andreas Schleicher, CultureFeed seeks to reorient a necessary debate about academic achievement into a broader and more powerful discussion of character and achievement as private and public goods. CultureFeed strives to inspire educators to develop a better future for students both as individuals and as citizens of a democratic society.
The website’s reach has been encouraging. Since CultureFeed’s launch in October, more than 1,850,000 users as of March 10, 2018 have visited the site, viewing an average of 4.44 CultureFeed pages per session for a total of more than nine million page views. This exceptional market penetration has been due in no small part to targeted online promotion made possible by the Foundation’s donors. This has demonstrated demand for the Foundation’s research-based insights.
In time, CultureFeed will expand to address such fields of Institute research as religion, work, business and economics. Broadening the audience exposed to the Institute’s work is a key part of the Foundation’s new effort to reinvigorate the public spirited virtues that the Institute’s research so clearly shows we need.