California was founded by pioneers who were driven by big dreams and unafraid
to face difficult challenges. Like many of us, they came to California to
create a better life for themselves and their family. Today, many residents
believe that the California dream is in danger.
Californians are worried about schools, traffic-jammed commutes, housing
and health care costs, the environment and the economy. Yet gridlock in Sacramento
and public distrust in government has created a logjam, making it impossible
to plan for the future.
Solving today’s problems requires bold, visionary thinking and involvement
by all Californians. How we act today will determine whether our children
will be able to live the California dream of a having a world-class education,
a good job and owning a home in a community with clean air and water. It’s
time to retire our old way of short-term, year-to-year planning. We must begin
planning for the long term, stretching our imaginations so we tackle our biggest
challenges and make the most of our great assets.
Next Ten is an independent, nonpartisan organization that engages and educates
Californians so that, together, we can improve our future economy and quality
of life. We call ourselves Next Ten because we aren’t here for the quick
fix. We have our sights set on joining with others to improve the state over
the next 10 years, and the 10 years after that. Next Ten believes that together,
we can create the brighter future we all want for ourselves and our children.
Next Ten was founded by F. Noel Perry, a venture capitalist and philanthropist
concerned about California today and the California our children will inherit.
Next Ten’s Activities
Next Ten believes that a well-informed, fully engaged public can work together
to break gridlock, rebuild trust in government and rebuild the California
dream. That’s why Next Ten’s first act has been to deepen the
understanding of how today’s budget decisions will shape our lives over
the next 10 years. Last year, through a partnership with the California Center
for Regional Leadership, the Center for Continuing Study of the California
Economy and Noel Perry, we held a series of budget education workshops with
business, civic and community groups throughout the state.
Now Next Ten is introducing the California Budget Challenge, a nonpartisan
Internet tool that lets Californians go online and create a hypothetical state
budget for the next 10 years — based on actual revenue and expenditure
projections. Go to www.Next-Ten.org to take the Challenge. Next Ten plans
to update the Challenge on an ongoing basis and adapt its use for young adults
and communities of color.
We believe that the success Californians will have in making the difficult
and significant changes we need to rebuild the California dream is directly
related to how many Californians are informed and engaged. Our ongoing goal
is to help educate and engage as many Californians as we can. Our long-term
goal is to invite citizens around the state to join leaders across California,
including government, to create a common vision for California’s future
based on values that we all share. That common vision can inspire and guide
smart decision making long into the future.
The Challenge can only begin to spark the right kinds
of conversations in California if thousands of Californians have the opportunity
to take it. Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org if
you would like additional information on how you can link to the California
Budget Challenge and be a partner in promotion.