How To Fix California
From My!s to Reality
Ernest N. Prabhakar • November 3, 2010 A.D.
Agenda
Introduction
Seven Myths
The Plan
Who Am I?
Immigrant
Physicist
Storyteller
Radical Centrist
Myths
Narratives that shape how we view the world
Neither true nor false
Maladaptive
Reality
Systems that actually shape the world
Empirically testable
Adaptive
Seven Myths
1. Challenge
Myth
The problem is painfully complex
“Development”
1. Challenge
Reality
The solution is painfully simple
“Design”
A designer knows he has achieved perfection
not when there is nothing left to add, but
when there is nothing left to take ...
2. Solution
Myth
Only top-down reform can save us
“Policy”
2. Solution
Reality
Only a bottom-up revolution will save us
“Mechanism”
Problems cannot be solved by the
same level of thinking that created
them.
3. Fight
Myth
They are the problem, and must be changed
“Replace”
3. Fight
Reality
We are the problem, and must change
ourselves
“Improve”
Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful,
committed people can change the world.
Indeed, it is the only thing that eve...
4. Leadership
Myth
We must take political power
“Control”
4. Leadership
Reality
We must provide moral authority
“Trust”
I am not interested in power for power's
sake, but I'm interested in power that is
moral, that is right and that is good.
5.Truth
Myth
We must know the answer
“Ideas”
5.Truth
Reality
We are learning the answer
“Process”
Genius is one percent inspiration,
ninety-nine percent perspiration.
6. Product
Myth
We need better laws
“Politics”
6. Product
Reality
We need better values
“Culture”
Let me write the songs of a nation
– I don't care who writes its laws.
7. Enemies
Myth
Opposition threatens us
“Fear and Anger”
7. Enemies
Reality
Opposition strengthens us
“Peace”
First they ignore you, then they
ridicule you, then they fight you,
then you win.
The Plan
1. Embrace reality
2. Express reality for others to embrace
3. There is no step three
How To Fix California
Reality Adaptive Systems
Challenge Simple Design
Solution Revolutionary Mechanism
Fight Self Improvement
Leadership Truste...
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  1. How To Fix California From My!s to Reality Ernest N. Prabhakar • November 3, 2010 A.D.
  2. Agenda Introduction Seven Myths The Plan
  3. Who Am I? Immigrant Physicist Storyteller Radical Centrist
  4. Myths Narratives that shape how we view the world Neither true nor false Maladaptive
  5. Reality Systems that actually shape the world Empirically testable Adaptive
  6. Seven Myths
  7. 1. Challenge Myth The problem is painfully complex “Development”
  8. 1. Challenge Reality The solution is painfully simple “Design”
  9. A designer knows he has achieved perfection not when there is nothing left to add, but when there is nothing left to take away.
  10. 2. Solution Myth Only top-down reform can save us “Policy”
  11. 2. Solution Reality Only a bottom-up revolution will save us “Mechanism”
  12. Problems cannot be solved by the same level of thinking that created them.
  13. 3. Fight Myth They are the problem, and must be changed “Replace”
  14. 3. Fight Reality We are the problem, and must change ourselves “Improve”
  15. Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed people can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.
  16. 4. Leadership Myth We must take political power “Control”
  17. 4. Leadership Reality We must provide moral authority “Trust”
  18. I am not interested in power for power's sake, but I'm interested in power that is moral, that is right and that is good.
  19. 5.Truth Myth We must know the answer “Ideas”
  20. 5.Truth Reality We are learning the answer “Process”
  21. Genius is one percent inspiration, ninety-nine percent perspiration.
  22. 6. Product Myth We need better laws “Politics”
  23. 6. Product Reality We need better values “Culture”
  24. Let me write the songs of a nation – I don't care who writes its laws.
  25. 7. Enemies Myth Opposition threatens us “Fear and Anger”
  26. 7. Enemies Reality Opposition strengthens us “Peace”
  27. First they ignore you, then they ridicule you, then they fight you, then you win.
  28. The Plan
  29. 1. Embrace reality 2. Express reality for others to embrace 3. There is no step three How To Fix California
  30. Reality Adaptive Systems Challenge Simple Design Solution Revolutionary Mechanism Fight Self Improvement Leadership Trusted Authority Truth Learning Process Product Cultural Values Enemies Peaceful Strength From Myths to Reality
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