For a long time I have been struck by the social and intellectual complexity of the process of socialization, and the deep impact that it has on how individuals orient themselves to practical debates and struggles in the civic and political spheres.
In the United States, traditional familial structures that once served as vehicles for the intergenerational transmission of civic culture have been overcome by more than a century of new social growth, while secondary schools and universities have been re-purposed to narrowly academic and professional ends. Globally, there is a cacophony of different ideas and points of view and regretfully little true cross-cultural understanding and reconciliation.
The result is that we lack enough individuals who have worked themselves up to have the character and breadth of understanding necessary for good leadership. We need new, simpler mechanisms to bring more people into the fold of the core debates and diverse perspectives that shape the most consequential domestic and global affairs—in order to raise the standards of our thinking and decision-making as a global community.
In the future, KGA will incubate a platform to create new channels for the exploration and dissemination of these important topics in an effort to promote a better global future.