Here’s Dave Meslin discussing some of the systemic factors that keep the public from being engaged in the political process. His first example is rather compelling — imagine if Nike advertised its shoes the way that governments advertise public hearings. His other points are similarly though-provoking, particularly about society’s embrace (via books and films) of heroes who are chosen in some way for their task.

My employer, Zayed University, will be hosting its own TEDx Talk in December — details to follow.