At its simplest denominator, a citizen is by principle afforded the right of being included in a group's decisions. But there is a special place for those who serve as policymakers and policy experts. But I offer the point in my book that "sometimes the rules are not made by the public required to follow them."
We are still trying to solve ALL of our problems using the same kind of thinking that created them! Have you heard the expression, "Insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result"? Well, our society is stuck in an "insane" kind of problem-solving loop.
By taking into account all possible outcomes and consequences, including those unintended or indirect, social impact investments can be insured the greatest impact.
What would it need to look like if a system of schools were truly aligned around a different set of organizing questions -- where the goal is not to standardize but to individualize, where the objective is not uniformity but uniqueness, and where the feelings "school" arouses in the majority of us are not endless shades of grey but wild and inspiring spectrums of color?