Last May, an innovative model for a town council was organized which is to have an online app that will allow every resident with a smart phone or internet connection to inform and poll their community in a way that can compel consideration by our elected town council to take appropriate action.
Current representative governance works only poorly with small, homogenous populations, Based on 18th century principles using 19th century technology, although we say, “all politics is local”, antiquated procedures fail completely with today’s mobile population, rapid urban growth and diversity. We are in reality individually powerless about governmental decisions that impact enjoyment of life. People learn not to engage and don’t see themselves as responsible for development that makes them and/or others vulnerable to catastrophic risks. Results were recently seen in Houston, Puerto Rico, Fukushima, Santa Rosa, Las Vegas, Los Angeles and in the ability of Russia to influence the political thinking of millions.
We felt the need for an easy avenue to local participation via an online platform, so individuals can take responsibility for anything they believe impacts quality of life in their their communities, an app that gives access to relationship-building public discussion and validated information. (If this kind of resource had been implemented in Germany in the 1930s, the holocaust might have been avoided.)
MICHAEL WINN, Innovative Creative Projects, Media & Composition
I was a latch key child of a single mother in the Temple District in Philadelphia, where I was the only white and the only Jewish boy in a black African American middle school. We moved to Rivera, CA, when I was 12, where I was one of a couple dozen Anglo kids at a predominantly Chicano community. My mother believed in me and empowered my decisions and I became an articulate writer and media producer.
In May of 2017, responding to a need for political will to manage growth in urban communities, with other Point Loma families, I launched Point Loma Town Council to apply online technology to provide a means for citizens to meaningfully participate in local political decision-making.
Urban Land Institute had used the words, “most intelligent building in the world” to describe my commercial development project with Xerox in Los Angeles in 1982. Supported by Northern Telecom (Nortel) and Xerox Business Systems, it contained a network or Arpanet, Ethernet and GUIs developed for the US Department of State, which was later re-branded as “Macintosh” and the Internet.
After visits from major development and technology companies, Architectural Record asked me for Architectronics (McGrawHill 1987), a book for architects and developers, about the impact of advanced technologies on building design and communities. In its preface and conclusion, I examined how emerging technology might support social needs of communities and address impacts of development. My present focus is aimed at designing and implementing such solutions.
In 1979, before the Xerox/Nortel project, I wrote and produced media used by Southern California Association of Governments to enlist 106 local government jurisdictions in support of the California Air Quality Management Plan, a set of laws regulating pollution from industry, automobiles and communities.
In 1983, I moved to Del Mar, CA. In 1986, after mailing the manuscript for Architectronics to McGrawHill, I created a project of the San Diego Mayor’s Office (Maureen O’Connor) and San Diego Unified School District that engaged students in every San Diego school in participation in local government.
In 1989, when San Diego public schools eliminated music (and other arts) from the curriculum, working with San Diego Symphony, I wrote and co-produced The Nature of Sound, a video about the science, technology and cultural importance of music. This video is still widely used by teachers to introduce middle-school students in every school to the science behind and art of music.
In 1991, with Union of Pan-Asian Communities in San Diego (UPAC), I created San Diego Community Housing Corporation, a nonprofit development corporation, and I participated in the first San Diego program of Local Initiative Support Corporation (LISC). Over the next 7 years, I acquired and developed 400 apartments affordable for very low income households.
In 2002, working with two local engineers, I wrote the business, funding and operations plan for a statefunded demonstration of offshore transportation technology in Southern California. We designed and built docks, shore facilities and converted a modified-hydrofoil boat and carried 150 commuters 5 days/week, between the cities of Oceanside and San Diego, California for 6 months.
From 2008 to 2012, I toured the U.S. Pacific coast, staying for a month to several months in every coastal community in California, Oregon and Washington. In 2012, I rented my present home in Point Loma and I studied music online at Academy of Art University, San Francisco, from whom I received a Master of Fine Arts in composition of music for media in May of 2017.
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1220 Rosecrans Street, Ste. 450
San Diego, CA 92106