Re-Engaging California's Citizens: A Six-Step Plan

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What can be done to mend the relationship between the people of California and their public officials?  Here are six important steps:

1. Tell the truth, without blame or judgment.
2. Put the hard choices in the context of a compelling shared vision for our state’s future: What are our shared goals?
3. Commit to exploring how to achieve shared outcomes rather than defend current positions.
4. Respect the public’s gifts and talents, finding new ways of connecting beyond just the role of taxpayer or service recipient.
5. Break down misperceptions about “other” and acknowledge our interconnectedness, between voters and electeds, and between voters and all community members.
6. Choose to work together as a collaborative learning community. Create an environment that allows for continuous improvement.
—Susan Stuart Clark