Connecting California Columnist and Editor, Zócalo Public Square, Fellow at the Center for Social Cohesion at Arizona State University and co-author of California Crackup: How Reform Broke the Golden State and How We Can Fix It (UC Press, 2010)
Many of you reading this were part of the 2010 Global Forum on Modern Direct Democracy, a five-day long summer gathering in San Francisco, that looked at the state of direct democracy in California, the U.S., and the world.
These every other year gatherings have continued, under the leadership and management of friends in Europe. The next such gathering is at the University of Carthage in Tunis, Tunisia, May 14-17. (Details are here). It’s a free, public gathering, with speeches, workshops, even a debate between Tunisian political parties. Why would Californians think of traveling all the way to Tunisia?