Representative democracy is in the midst of a slow revolution. For decades, the transition to a more global economy increased the complexity and seeming intractability of challenges facing even local governments, and left many citizens with less time and inclination to engage in the development of public policy. But in recent years we’ve all been handed tools that can disrupt, even reverse that trend. The Internet makes all sorts of information more readily accessible, from public records to podcasts of public meetings to the findings of unbiased experts. Social media can spur interest and action on, quite literally, a moment's notice. And today's youth will dream up innovations that we can't even imagine. So while the challenges loom ever larger, solutions have never been easier to find.
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Created On: 11/08/2010
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