No single issue illustrates our inability to effectively solve problems more clearly than America's gun violence epidemic. Despite our best efforts to stem the violence, we can't seem to make any meaningful progress. And entrenched interests on both sides of the aisle only serve as obstacles for making changes.
Still, I truly believe we could get the vast majority of Americans to support a national goal of reducing gun violence. Late last month I reposted on social media my proposed framework to do just that.
There is no question that gun violence is an extremely difficult problem to solve. Effective resolution of difficult problems requires a shared commitment from all stakeholders and respect for different perspectives.
Let's demand this of ourselves and our elected officials!
In other news: the Center for Electoral Quality and Integrity (CEQI) is making great progress in leveraging the expertise of Quality professionals to help secure the most fundamental component of our democracy.
I hope some of you were able to attend last week's webinar where we officially introduced our Best Practice Election Operations Model. CEQI is also working to launch a national poll on election integrity, in partnership with the School of Public and International Affairs at the University of Georgia. The objective of the poll is to identify general voter perceptions on whether it is easy to vote, and hard to cheat. The results from this survey will be used to create benchmarks and best practices which can then be tested by and shared with election officials throughout the country.
Additional information from recent posts:
News Literacy free webinar series. I hope some of you were able to attend their three sessions. Regardless, I encourage you to check out their website. They offer several free resources, including an e-learning platform, an app, a new podcast, shareable tips, tools, quizzes and an annual news literacy event.
I recently took the Social Security Challenge and eliminated 108% of the shortfall! This interactive tool provides an engaging and informative approach that allows users to explore various options for eliminating the Social Security shortfall and enhancing benefits. Similar to Voice of the People's policymaking simulation (administered by University of Maryland's Program for Public Consultation), it demonstrates that there are common-sense ways to make Social Security solvent and engages voters in crafting the solution. I highly encourage you to check both tools out!
Have a great month!