Iconoclastic businessman Tim Draper may have failed in his attempt to split California into six states, but now he’s got a new scheme to try and make local government better and more efficient.
This time, Draper is calling for California residents to submit their ideas to his new Fix California challenge, and he’s going to back them as an act of “venture governance”.
Citizens can weigh in on ideas in a Reddit-esque system of upvotes and down votes, and Draper and future co-investors can choose to invest in bringing the best idea to a drafted proposal law.
The fine print of the challenge indicates Draper is just one of the investors and that the Innovate Your State nonprofit is working to recruit more. Further, the money will be managed by Draper and the co-investors, not the recipients
The investors understand that qualification of a state ballot measure costs in excess of $US1,000,000. The individual submitting the winning proposal/idea will receive no money for his or her personal use and will not control the expenditure or use of funds provided by the investors for this effort.
So, what’s a good idea for California?
Draper’s Fix California video doesn’t mention any specifics, and the challenge site only lists buzzwords like “transformation”, “representation” and “renewal” as the reform principles.
Any California resident can submit their idea here by June 30. So far, a few of the proposals already submitted include mandatory solar panels, increasing the number of senators to 58 from 40, and creating a tax incentive to live near your place of work. (Tech commuters, I think that’s a dig at you.)