George Lakoff

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George Lakoff

Template:TOCnestleft George Lakoff is the co-founder and Senior Fellow of the Rockridge Institute, committed to the democratization of knowledge in politics. He is Professor of Linguistics at the University of California, Berkeley.

He has been a Fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford, and Visiting Professor at the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales, Paris.

He is the author of several highly influential books in the field of political communication such as “Moral Politics: How Liberals and Conservative Think” (2002), “Don’t Think of an Elephant: Know Your Values, Frame the Debate” (2004), “Whose Freedom?” (2006) and “Thinking Points” (2006).

California Democracy Act

Professor George Lakoff, a "well known messaging strategist", argued at a March 4 2010 Sacramento rally for a petition drive for the California Democracy Act. If passed after the legally required 600,000 signatures were gathered from registered voters, this act would reduce the requirement to pass a state budget from the current two thirds of each house of the legislature to a simple majority. Lakoff asserted that all the demonstrations would mean little unless the California Democracy Act passes in the November election, so that revenue can be raised to fund California’s needs, including education. Lakoff criticized leaders of the California Democratic Party for not getting enthusiastically behind the initiative. At press time the campaign is far behind the required number of signatures. Lakoff argued that an online campaign which would “go viral” was needed to push the initiative.[1]

Fundacion Ideas

The Fundacion Ideas, or IDEAS Foundation for Progress was created during the 37th Federal Congress of the Spanish Socialist Workers Party (PSOE) in 2008 to establish a “think-tank with the capacity to bring novel progressive ideas to the arena of political and social debate in an ever changing world.” Its mission is to identify challenges and opportunities and offer innovative and imaginative solutions that are at the same time rigorous from a scientific point of view and politically deliverable.[2]

American members of the Fundacion Ideas Scientific Committee include Joseph Stiglitz, Jeffrey Sachs, George Lakoff, Jeremy Rifkin, Pippa Norris.[3]