The 2018 Summer Institute for Civic Studies will be held from June 11 to June 21, 2018 at Tufts University and is open for applications.
Elinor Ostrom was one of the signers of the original Framing Statement prepared as part of planning for the first Summer Institute of Civic Studies.
“The political community in question is not to be associated exclusively with the state or the nation (or the regime or the country): there are various small local polities as well as global ones, with multiple crosscutting boundaries. Civic initiatives can occur at various levels, forming a mosaic of crisscrossing – and sometimes contradictory — efforts, a layered and complex democracy, drawing on such principles as federalism and subsidiarity.”
[Photo from 2015 when I attended, during an informal visit by some participants to the Center for Civic Media at the MIT Media Lab]