These books are old. They are full of yellow dog-eared pages. The tell tale trails of over used magic markers highlight notions of what I thought was important at the time. For the most part, I’m still drawn to the same stanzas. This is in spite of the distracting affects of my sporadic application of... Continue Reading →
Notes to Self—A Belated Collection of Professional Insights I really wish I had kept a journal. Not a day-to-day personal diary mind you, but a record of memorable professional and academic experiences over a 40-year career. You know, notes. What were the ups? What were the downs? What did I do right? What could I... Continue Reading →
Cities in California will hopefully start to understand that economic development is more than marketing and the pursuit of retail sales. It is hard to unlearn almost 40 years of history. //www.c-span.org/video/?426816-2/new-urban-crisis
This little book cannot do justice to the intricacies of academic rankings; it can only provide a modest introduction to an extremely immodest world. Every academic belongs to at least three discrete status systems: he is a member of the larger society, of his college or university, and of the group of people who share... Continue Reading →
"(Ben) Franklin believed that education should help people navigate the real world as they entered careers in politics, law, business, and other fields. At the same time, he wanted young men to gain exposure to 'the great outlines of knowledge.' The purpose of their education would be to produce 'true merit,' which meant joining ability... Continue Reading →
I would suggest that each and everyone of you interested in the day to day life of a city manager read this book. If I didn't know better, John Thompson was a fly on the wall in my office when I was a city manager. A good read with great insights.
City Power--Urban Governance in a Global Age Challenges conventional theories of city power Articulates a vision of the democratic city appropriate for the new urban age Celebrates urban politics and argues for its relevance and salience in the age of global capital A thorough examination of the law and politics of the city and how... Continue Reading →
Tkacz’s book is an important reminder to be critical of any discourse that advocates technology as a one-solution-fits-all quick fix. Those in the public sector seeking to advance communication and public discourse must keep the tools of technology in perspective. via Public Books — Open Markets, Open Projects: Wikipedia and the Politics of Openness.