Rules of Order

Rules of Order

Everything old is new again – which perhaps is why re-discovering Robert’s Rules of Order, the authority on parliamentary procedure, felt so right. The discovery was precipitated by my election to Secretary on the board of a local non-profit. When I inquired as to what my duties were, I found none of my fellow board members could tell […]

Can Regions Define the Times?

California Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom took the stage at the Monterey Bay Economic Partnership’s (MBEP) State of the Region event last week like an energetic Matthew McConaughey. His enthusiasm and self-reflective humor quickly dispelled any doubts the audience might have had that he has become a political wall flower in his under-tasked, vice president type […]

New Features: Tagging, Groups and Polls

New Features: Tagging, Groups and Polls

Since the beginning, we envisaged civinomics as a tool for cooperative company/organization decision making, in addition to a tool for public engagement and government transparency. Today we are proud to announce a suite of features that make it much easier to use civinomics in a diverse number of ways: Groups, Tags, and Polls. Groups You can […]

Innovative State: Government Contests are a Step in the Right Direction

Innovative State: Government Contests are a Step in the Right Direction

Today is the deadline for the CalTrans “$25K Find a New Way” competition. The agency has called for submissions from the public to solve the state’s transportation problems. This seems to be part of a larger trend of government agencies opening their doors, phone lines, inboxes, etc. to take suggestions from the public on seemingly intractable problems. The […]

Who Picks Up the Tab for Less School Days?

Who Picks Up the Tab for Less School Days?

It doesn’t make financial sense to have your children out of school, ever. In the old days, kids worked on the farm over “summer break.” The old school bell tower was silent while those strapping children got a late summer tan, helping their parents with the harvest. Those days are, clearly, long gone. Instead of farming […]

Vacation Rentals in Santa Cruz

Vacation rentals have been a hot topic in Santa Cruz as of late. Earlier this year the County adopted a cap on the number of homes that could be rented out as vacation rentals in specific locations. One of these locations was Seacliff in Aptos, and the issue became bitterly divisive amongst property owners in […]

On The End Of Protest

“Activism is broken. Recent years have witnessed the largest protests in human history. And yet, these mass mobilizations no longer change society.” So speaketh  Micah White, Ph.d, former editor of Adbusters and co-creator of Occupy Wall Street, as he makes the rounds on social media and the big ideas festival circuit promoting his upcoming book, The […]

Civinomics Initiative Filings

Civinomics Initiative Filings

August 25, 2015 – Suggested last day for proponent(s) to submit proposed measure to the California Attorney General and request a circulating title and summary. sos.ca.gov/elections/ballot-measures We are exactly two weeks away from the suggested last date to submit a ballot initiative in California. While Civinomics has frequently focused on local politics (city and county), […]

FairVote Partners with Civinomics to Launch Ranked Choice Voting Functionality

FairVote Partners with Civinomics to Launch Ranked Choice Voting Functionality

Early on at Civinomics, we learned that the choices you give someone for answering a question are as important as the question itself. The folks at FairVote certainly agree. FairVote is a non-partisan, non-profit dedicated to improving American elections by promoting fair, democratic election systems that empower voters. Their research has shown that ranked choice […]

Why We Need to Have a Good Fight About Trains

Why We Need to Have a Good Fight About Trains

The CA Highspeed Rail Act of 2008 did more than just approve a state-wide train, it allocated $1B in funding for local rail projects and gave the green light to county transportation agencies to pursue rail as well. Now local rail is the latest battleground for whether train projects make sense in the 21st Century. […]