A Deliberative Poll for CA's Future :: Summer 2011

Partner Profile: New America Foundation of California

The New America Foundation is a nonprofit, nonpartisan public policy institute that invests in new thinkers and new ideas to address the next generation of challenges facing the United States. The foundation emphasizes work that is responsive to the changing conditions and problems of our 21st Century information-age economy — an era shaped by transforming innovation and wealth creation, but also by shortened job tenures, longer life spans, mobile capital, financial imbalances and rising inequality. 

Nowhere are these challenges greater than in California, and New America has long placed a special emphasis on the nation's largest laboratory of democracy.  The Golden State not only faces unprecedented demographic and economic changes, but does so with a governance system that is fundamentally broken, and arguably incapable of implementing the policy reforms that are so clearly needed.

That dual challenge — California's need for ground-breaking policy solutions *and* the political infrastructure to advance such changes — is what has drawn New America to the What's Next Calfornia deliberative poll.  This innovative gathering of citizens from across the state is a vital first step for getting California back on the right path.  Three days of thoughtful discussion can't by itself reform California -- but insights that result can be invaluable for the efforts that follow.

Troy K. Schneider is Director, Media & Communications at the New America Foundation.