RCG: California Forums for ReformPosted: August 31, 2004
Elk Grove Chamber of Commerce. The key insight he shared is that political
change comes from civic
institutions, not politicians. Alas, he is
not aware of any statewide organizations pursuing such change, apart from a few
largely academic efforts.
So, as part
of my effort to Reengineer California Governance, I’ve started
identifying groups that might be interested in supporting such an effort. My
hypothesis is that what is needed is a clear vision of reform, which other
groups can recognize as the optimal route for achieving their particular goals.
The sequence would thus be “ideas ->
money -> people” (the three prerequisites
of any organized effort).
linchpin of any reform in California is the Irvine Foundation, which appears to be trying to
catalyze such efforts through their California Perspectives program. They also
have a marvelous definition of governance
the use of governing
authority to promote the will of the governed in a fair, accountable, responsive
and efficient manner
they’ve partnered with the radical-centrist New America
Foundation on a California Fellows program in support of these goals.
Perhaps someday I will apply for one, so I can do this full time.
$750,000 over 1
To establish a California-based Fellows
Program that supports a new generation of public policy writers and thinkers to
help create solutions to California’s most pressing
Californians for Instant
Runoff Voting (IRV)
Californians for Electoral
Reform (part of Center for Voting and
American Reform Party of
support more general (and better) Ranked-Choice Voting
California Law Revision Commission (Tort
California Coalition for
Authentic Reform in Education (anti-testing)