The Google Challenge!

July 16, 2009

Dear Google,

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This idea is so perfect for Google! Over the past 20 years I’ve developed and implemented an interactive CIVIC MEDIA here in Chicago. By definition, CIVIC MEDIA is a large-audience decision making process that distributes the making of decisions throughout communities of any size.

Its implications for politics and government are especially significant. In a political context, a nonpartisan, issue-centered, outcome-directed CIVIC MEDIA gives citizens and governments at local, state, national and international levels interactive platforms that enable them to complete three kinds of tasks: problem solution, conflict resolution and opportunity realization.

Over time, Civic Media produces a politics that’s less ideological and more empirical than what we have today.  It works on the premise that the quality of government decisions substantially improves when an informed citizenry and government take responsibility for being responsive and accountable to each other.

When implemented by Google, civic media will revolutionize the distribution of decision making much as Google has revolutionized the distribution of information. In so doing, civic media will help renew America and restore America’s leadership among nations.

I am a career educator, businessman and media entrepreneur. I hold degrees in English from Harvard (A.B. ’64), Yale (M.A.T. ’66) and the University of California at Berkeley (Ph.D., 1991).

Google’s informal byword was and perhaps is “Don’t Be Evil“.  Now that Google is a mature company, might not “Be Good!” be appropriate as a motto? And might not the creation of a democracy-empowering civic media for America and the world be the perfect way to realize this mission?

Steve Sewall

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