Joining the Bay Area Governance Project
Hello from the other coast
I founded Maximum New York, a new civics school, in late 2021. When you examine most of the civic deficiencies in NYC and New York State, you’ll find that they share a common upstream cause: very few people know how the government or law works, not even many of the people in government itself. At best they have an ad hoc knowledge acquired on the job, but there is upsettingly little formal training that prepares people to receive further on-the-job development.
And while I focus on New York City and State, I also teach people and cultivate civic technical expertise across America. We cannot do what must be done without more wide-based citizen expertise. This goes beyond de Tocqueville. I am raising a coalition of the knowledgeable, and connecting citizens with a bias towards execution.
I’m joining the Bay Area Governance Project as a founding researcher, because:
New York City has a rich history of municipal reconfiguration that is useful for the contemporary Bay Area.
I bring general expertise in local and state governance that will support the project’s research efforts.
I am a Five Borough Partisan, and a proud citizen of the Empire State. But I am also an American, and a properly governed Bay Area would help us all to flourish.
I first met Michael at an urbanist conference in New York City in March 2023, and we quickly realized our mutual interest in effective governance. He comes from a STEM background, and I come from the world of the humanities and social sciences. But we each clearly possessed enough knowledge of the other’s domain to work together effectively.
Fundamentally, we both speak the language of systems and complexity.
The Bay Area Governance Project is the product of this synthesis. It is an urbanist project of consilience, and we hope it will be an effective model for others going forward.
New York and San Francisco. STEM and humanities. Techno-optimism and lexo-optimism.