The January 2017 Monthly Newsletter for the Presidential Precinct.


Five Years of Empowering Global Leaders

This year marks the fifth anniversary of the Presidential Precinct. 

Over the next 12 months, we will celebrate by sharing stories that highlight the tremendous impact of the dynamic young leaders we serve. 
We have been fortunate to work with nearly 500 leaders from diverse backgrounds and experiences to address 
the world’s most pressing challenges. 

Thank you for joining the Presidential Precinct and helping us strengthen communities here in the United States and around the world. I look forward to seeing what we can accomplish together over the next five years.


MONTPELIER: How Dolley Madison Defined the Role of  First Lady
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FAIRCHILD: 7 Hand-Picked Fiction Reads for Business Leaders
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Landilani Banda: Talking Constitutions in Zambia

Over the summer, Landilani Banda walked into a constitution building workshop at James Madison’s Montpelier. It was week four of the 2016 Mandela Washington Fellowship. This month, Landilani invited professor Mila Versteeg and her students to collaborate on a constitutional law project at the University of Zambia in Lusaka. Read more about their partnership and how YALI’s lessons of constitution making continue to make an impact on students worldwide.

Catherine Constantinides: Top 20 Most Influential South African

2016 Mandela Washington Fellow and global climate activist, Catherine Constantinides, was recently voted in the top 20 most influential south africans by Avance Media. In the top spot – Trevor Noah, global comedian and host of the Daily Show. Click below to see who else made the list:

James B. Murray, Jr. the Precinct’s founder, shares an article that he hopes may be interesting or thought provoking for the Precinct’s constituencies. In particular we hope to attract the attention of young leaders from around the world who may look to the Precinct for an unbiased, non-judgmental window into current thinking on democracy, the rule of law and best political practices. We will post each article on the Precinct Network in the spirit of stimulating dialogue and critical thinking. 

A Second Digital Revolution
“This month’s post might, at first, seem a bit far afield from the Precinct’s usual topics of interest. In fact, it could not be more relevant to all of us. Freedom, democracy, the rule of law and open markets are all simple, powerful concepts that can be exceedingly difficult to implement in the real world. Can technology help? Maybe so. The “block chain” technology that underlies the bitcoin digital currency may be a crucial new way to put power in the hands of the people. Using block chain technology to permanently establish land title registration was discussed at the Precinct’s Chamber of Commerce forum last July. The author suggests other uses as well.”
– James B. Murray, Jr.

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