August 19, 2013
The Volcker Alliance, named after Paul Volcker, the former chairman of the Federal Reserve, was created to:
“improve public administration and implementation of policies and by doing so advance the public interest to improve protections and services for the people. Public trust means more people will participate in governmental decisions and hold government officials responsive and accountable.”
To some extent, the emphasis on education and understanding–that leads to participation is new. The Volcker Alliance is an important example of what should be done to help advance our society.
“Mr. Volcker, who says he wishes to “rekindle intellectual, practical, and academic interest in the ‘nuts and bolts’ of government”
The article continues to go on and identify that there are individuals that get acknowledged for being deserving civil servants, however of course there are so many more that go unrecognized. There are many people who discuss issues and ways to solve them, however do not put them into action.
“Public attitudes toward the bureaucracy – largely negative or somnolent in nature – must be changed, including how civil servants view each other”
Nader at the end of his article offers two suggestions to better the Volcker Alliance. One there needs to be an independent non-profit to collect, confirm, and release the good things that the government institution do. and Secondly, to encourage civil servants to create a website that intensifies communications of different missions and disciplines to expand the creativity and learning-and-doing process.
Nader identifies in this article what has needed to be said about the change we wish to see– we must strengthen our causes and networks, and engage and inspire civil servants in order to be more successful.
To read Nader’s article in full click here.
To Read more of Nader’s writing’s check out his latest book: Told You So: The Big Book of Weekly Columns
The column is the most natural literary form for a citizen’s advocate, and Ralph Nader may be its most robust and forceful practitioner. Told You So: The Big Book of Weekly Columns presents a panoramic portrait of the problems confronting our society and provides examples of the many actions an organized citizenry could and should take to create a more just and environmentally sustainable world. Drawing on decades of experience, Nader’s columns document the consequences of concentrated corporate power; threats to our food, water and air; the corrosive effect of commercialism on our children; the dismantling of worker rights; and the attacks on our civil rights and civil liberties. Nader also offers concrete suggestions to spark citizen action and achieve social change.