Newsom wows with wisdom and challenge

Apr 02, 2013 No Comments by

SAN RAFAEL, Calif. — Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom thrilled students and visitors in a lecture event  March 6 2013, at Dominican University of California’s Angelico Hall. The event was the fourth installment of the university’s spring leadership series sponsored by Dominican’s Institute for Leadership Studies.

Newsom was interviewed on stage by Elaine Petrocelli, president of Book Passage bookstore, on his first book “Citizenville: How to Take the Town Square Digital and Reinvent Government.” He was very enthusiastic about the book, his message and observations on political life. He wants his readers to understand that “the old industrial top down hierarchical model in no longer relevant to the world we are living in.” For the Angelico audience, Newsom highlighted his three key themes in the book: Leadership, Citizenship, and Technology.

We have forgotten about our individual and collective responsibility as citizens. We have allowed ourselves to be treated more like subjects, we have allowed ourselves to accept this premise that government does things to us, but government does not do things with us.”

Newsom explained that the reason he titled the book “Citizenville” is because “We have forgotten about our individual and collective responsibility as citizens.” He says that “we have allowed ourselves to be treated more like subjects, we have allowed ourselves to accept this premise that government does things to us, but government does not do things with us.”

Newsom argues that politicians use technology effectively to persuade voters to elect or reelect them, and that they only engage the people in direct conversation during electioneering period. Soon after the election, they turn to a broadcast model, or one-way communication. Newsom is opposed to this. He espouses citizen involvement in a two-way communication model that utilizes fully new technology and social media.

His book addresses the fundamental fact that “winning an election is not governing, politics; it is not just about getting elected, it’s about the hard work that begins after taking the oath of office.”

Newsom charges politicians to desist from the broadcast model and work to engage citizens in more active participation in government. Newsom pointed out that the top down bureaucratic system of government should be replaced since times have changed and we are living in a tech savvy world. He faults the current standard operating procedure that is in place. He calls it the “take it, or leave it” form of governing.

He said that government should operate more like a platform, a platform where voices of citizens can be amplified, building a greater sense of communication. He suggested that the nation should embrace the division of labor approach between government and the people. Newsom says “This approach will create participatory citizens and in turn open up government transparency.”

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