sf gate’s phil bronstein asks the question we have been asking since february 15th

Where is our next generation of leaders?

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?

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3 responses to “sf gate’s phil bronstein asks the question we have been asking since february 15th

  1. Ugh, please no. I’d take someone who has made at least a modest commitment to public service over a self-appointed rich guy techie type any day.

    Running a business and running a democracy are very, very different skillsets. See also: Schwarzenegger, Arnold and Bush, George W. Or for that matter, Facebook exec and possible AG candidate Chris Kelley’s reactionary and politically tone-deaf incarceration proposal.

    Arnold’s inability to move votes (which would be almost funny if our state’s economy didn’t hang in the balance) and Kelly’s proposals are basically rookie mistakes; even experience on a county school board or party committee for a couple of years would have helped avoid them.

    Which isn’t to say that Mr Stone wouldn’t be a great candidate at some point. But I’d want that to be based on evidence of any kind commitment to public service, and not on the fact that he’s helped build a very cool website, made a lot of money and gives a good interview.

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  3. I’d like to suggest we find ourselves in a moment where we can examine our underlying premises about “leaders” and “leadership”. I’m drawn to the thoughts behind “transformative leadership”.

    Ella Baker said it best, “Strong people, don’t need strong leaders.” So for those of us wanting more current thinking on how we need a transformative leadership strucutures, we might be satisfied here: http://progressiveresourcecatalog.org/index.php/Workshop/Comment

    For the skimmers, I suggest you start after “In his book Leadership, …”

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