Since then, I have stayed busy golfing, traveling, volunteering and giving. I also enjoy facilitating planning sessions for nonprofits lacking strategic plans. But mostly, I am a government reform advocate. As one of the leaders of a successful 1990s effort to modernize our city government, I witnessed firsthand the remarkable benefits resulting from the change. Our community is thriving due in no small way to the change. So now I’m hooked.
In my experience, government tends to resist the sort of continuous improvement needed for survival in business and nonprofits. That’s why I am a fan of consolidation, open primaries, ranked choice voting, local control, home rule and government modernization. I encourage the adoption of better approaches and systems for government, both election systems and structural improvements. It’s a slow, upstream process.