The Washington Scene: How Service and Conservation Corps Fit the Picture


John Bridgeland, CEO of Civic Entreprises and a veteran of Washington politics, engaged the Forum audience on Tuesday afternoon with a discussion about current politics and what proposed budget cuts might mean for Service and Conservation Corps. With energy and concentration in the audience fading after two intense days of workshops, plenaries, and socializing, Bridgeland (pictured right) stirred the crowd with a bold statement: he told the audience that if they made Congressional visits to Republicans they should avoid using the word “Americorps.” This prompted a defensive posture in the audience and served as an excellent means for discussing how the delivery of a message is equally important to the merit of the message itself.