Gavin Newsom is our shining hope? Really? Beyond his own self-generated image of brilliant wonkiness and charm, where’s the list of Gavin’s young contemporaries who might actually fill out those size 14 public service shoes in interesting and effective ways with help from the pros?
I found the answer to that question late last week in a San Francisco SoMa alleyway when I grabbed coffee with Biz Stone, co-founder of Twitter. He and his Bay Area tech colleagues are where the can-do skill has gone.
Despite the hacking of his company’s digital files (including personal stuff) and the resulting Web firestorm of back-and-forth righteous indignation, Stone was the model of calm.
“It was definitely a little creepy,” he said of the document theft and outing, which he thought bordered on criminal. But “it’s (also) a chance to show who you are. I don’t have anything to hide. I won’t call a crisis management team to ‘stop’ the news. I personally believe we are good people, but if we do stupid s-, I want journalists and bloggers to call me out.”
How refreshing is that? Whatever your feelings about Twitter, this young pioneer has actually served the public by giving a voice to gossip and also to Iranian protesters and real-time witnesses to news.
It was hard not to compare and contrast the guy with Newsom. In Twitter, Stone has created a profound new platform that inspires people, unlike Newsom, whose own platform is like cotton candy and who leases space on Twitter to spin it.
If Stone won’t run for office, how about someone from Google/Facebook or anywhere else our next generation of potent geniuses are hiding out?