Whether it is climate change, immigration, or income inequality, America seems incapable of making progress on solving complex problems. In fact, it seems that the country is locked in a downward cycle of incivility and polarization.  In an interview I did last year with Big Think, I discussed three specific areas where institutional changes can occur that could increase active public participation on what seem to be eternally gridlocked issues.

Theses areas include investing in innovative, not-for-profit models for news gathering and idea dissemination; re-examining high school and college education through the lens of digital media literacy and citizenship skills; and creating new participatory institutions at the local-level that provide the opportunity for the public to discuss, connect, plan, and provide meaningful input into policy decision-making.