Once upon a time there was a little government. 


Baby robin sitting on a community library. Photo taken while on a walk with my dog Annie.

Inside, every day we worked to second guess the leadership, everyday leadership tried to guess the mood of the community. 

Outside, a discontinuity emerged as the world became more connected and capitalism exploited the new ecosystem. Some clever people learned how to manipulate unconscious bias and monetize data. 

One day, the good people of good government decided that a change was needed in how we manage the public good. Unparalleled cooperation was called for. But never achieved. 

Because of that a resistance was formed. Virtuous schemers began to connect and learn to nudge the status quo, eventually as more and more people nudged and sincerely investigated, the corruption and incompetence was exposed.

Because of that, a new type of politics emerged, one based on issues and not ideology. People took control of their opinions and polarization started to break down into networks where it was ok to belong to groups that didn’t agree on some things. Intersectionality became a dominant value, second only to caring for the planet.  

We learned to live together and the future brightens up. 

Obviously, this is my fantasy. But why can’t it be our reality?

About Thom Kearney

Change agent, teacher, arts, science, open government, father, mentor, storyteller, husband, dog owner,collaborator, not necessarily in that order.
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