Pete Peterson – Pepperdine University: The Fight for ‘Viewpoint Diversity’
Pete Peterson, Dean of Public Policy at Pepperdine University in California joins us this episode for a fascinating look at the education system in America.
I had the pleasure of meeting Pete when I was in the US earlier this month and he kindly agreed to come on Hearts of Oak to discuss the battle that is currently taking place for the heart and soul of College Campuses across the US.
A diversity of viewpoint is no longer accepted and students are now required to sign up to the latest prevailing victimhood status group, a difference of views and opinion is simply no longer tolerated.
Pete's run for the position of Secretary of State in California gives him broad insight and knowledge on the attack of education in America and how best to respond.
Pete Peterson is a leading national speaker and writer on issues related to civic participation, and the use of technology to make government more responsive and transparent. He was the first executive director of the bi-partisan organization, Common Sense California, which in 2010 joined with the Davenport Institute at the School of Public Policy to become the Davenport Institute for Public Engagement and Civic Leadership, he has also consulted on several of these projects with local governments, and has directly facilitated public meetings.
He has co-created and currently co-facilitates the training seminar, "Public Engagement: The Vital Leadership Skill in Difficult Times" a program that has been attended by over 3,000 municipal officials, and he also co-created and co-facilitates the seminar, "Gov 2.0: What Public Officials Need to Know," which explores the ways in which technology is changing local government processes and he recently co-developed the new Professional Certificate, "Leading Smart Communities," with govtech practitioner Dr. Jonathan Reichental.
In 2017, SPP launched a new initiative titled the "American Project: On the Future of Conservatism", which is co-directed by Dean Peterson and Rich Tafel. The "Project" is a unique effort to gather scholars and activists from a variety point on the conservative spectrum to deliberate over, write about, and discuss the future of the conservative movement.
Pete writes widely on public engagement for a variety major news outlets including the Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times, and San Francisco Chronicle, as well as numerous blogs. He is a regular guest on the "Politics Roundtable" with host Larry Mantle on KPCC radio. He has also helped write several survey-based reports on the subject, including "Testing the Waters: California's Local Officials Experiment with New Ways to Engage the Public" (in collaboration with the League of California Cities), and the "California Civic Health Index" (in collaboration with the National Conference on Citizenship). He contributed the chapter, "Place as Pragmatic Policy" to the edited volume, Why Place Matters: Geography, Identity, and Civic Life in Modern America (New Atlantis Books, 2014), and the chapter "Do-It Ourselves Citizenship" in the volume, Localism in the Mass Age (Wipf & Stock, 2018).
Pete has been a public affairs fellow at The Hoover Institution, and he serves on the Leadership Councils of the Public Policy Institute of California and California Forward, and on the boards of the Homeland Security Advisory Council and the Da Vinci Charter Schools and was the Republican candidate for California Secretary of State in 2014.
Follow Pete on Twitter https://twitter.com/Pete4CA
Pepperdine School of Public Policy
Interview recorded 28.4.22
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