CIVIC DESIGN GONE AWRY

When you hear the term “design,” you likely think of things like logos, Photoshop and well-oiled machines. What you likely do not think of is government. But, whether it’s good or bad, our government is a design.  We know the blueprint of our government as the Constitution and Bill of Rights of course.  And lately it would seem that, like so many other institutions in our country, our government is failing us.  But what if it isn’t the design of government, but rather the design of our politics that is to blame?  We’re not used to thinking of politics as separate and apart from our governmental institutions, but separating the two just may lead to a better ability to redesign and make what’s wrong, right while not messing with what’s actually working.   (more…)

TIRED POLITICAL LABELS AND THE WISDOM OF NO LABELS

Tired of tired old political labels?

Then how about joining No Labels? Just over a year ago or so, I started working with a great group of folks with the aim of launching a grassroots initiative for the political center. While Move On! aims its voice at the political left and the Tea Party is gathers its storm on the political right, No Labels intends to speak to the other 60% or so of the country: those people who believe fervently in making the United States a better version of itself, those who act from civic purpose and those who believe that there is wisdom in considering ideas from across the political spectrum. (more…)