Bruno Kaufmann

Bruno Kaufmann, a journalist and the director of the Initiative & Referendum Institute Europe, is a Swiss and Swedish citizen with voting rights in nine constituencies. He visited Zócalo to talk about direct democracy in Zurich and Los Angeles, and he told us a bit more about himself beforehand.

Q. What do you consider to be the greatest simple pleasure?

A. To be at home.

Q. Where would we find you at 10 a.m. on a typical Saturday?

A. Eating breakfast.

Q. What do you do to clear your mind?

A. Walk around the lake.

Q. What do you wish you had the nerve to do?

A. Continue as I am.

Q. What music have you listened to today?

A. Nice blues.

Q. What is your favorite word?

A. Love.

Q. When you were a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?

A. A train conductor.

Q. If you could take only one more journey, where would you go?

A. Africa.

Q. What is your most prized material possession?

A. My books.

Q. What should you throw away but haven’t been able to part with?

A. A lot of books.

Q. What is the best gift you have ever received?

A. Children.

Q. What is your favorite thing about Los Angeles?

A. That I don’t really know where I am.

Q. Who is the one person living or dead you would most like to meet for dinner?

A. Tom Paine.

To read more about Kaufmann’s event, click here.

*Photo by Aaron Salcido.