Back in October 2015, I presented a TED talk at the annual conference of the Municipal Management Association of Southern California (MMASC). The topic was, “The Why of Public Service.” Facing an impressive crowd of some 200 young, up-and-coming local government professionals, I started the session by asking them to contemplate “why public service?” The... Continue Reading →
The skills you need for the government jobs of tomorrow: 100 places to learn for free–A Great Compendium Provided by apolitical.co
https://apolitical.co/solution_article/government-jobs-skills-list All of the skill sets highlighted by apolitical.co are invaluable. However, I would add an additional emphasis, a greater knowledge in civics. Even with the focus on techniques and technologies at the very center of public engagement, there still needs to be an intrinsic understanding of the relationship between government and the governed.... Continue Reading →
Teaching Humility in an Age of Arrogance–by Michael Patrick Lynch (Reprinted from the Chronicle of Higher Education)
"Overcoming toxic arrogance is not easy, and our present political moment is not making it any easier. But if we want to live in a tolerant society where we are not only open-minded but willing to learn from others, we need to balance humility and conviction. We can start by looking past ourselves —... Continue Reading →
THE TALENT MYTH Are smart people overrated? By Malcolm Gladwell–for the New Yorker
I've signed up for Malcolm's master class in writing. Since it's "Malcolm," it's intimidating. But it's also really cool. He makes it clear that writing is a calling. It has purpose. It has meaning. I've got the intent. Now for the talent. As a part of the program, he has included one of his... Continue Reading →
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