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Pandemic: Bigger Than We Think—Part Two

Pandemic: Bigger Than We Think—Part Two

This column points out how human drives for land, water and food let loose pathogens that can kill us—millions of us. Population pressure is causing us to break more and…

Memo to the President: America needs an agency like the former Advisory Commission on Intergovernmental Relations

Memo to the President: America needs an agency like the former Advisory Commission on Intergovernmental Relations

It would be important for the incoming administration to have a forum for examining and suggesting improvements to the relations between federal, state, local and tribal governments. President-elect Biden should…

Professional and Personal Pointers for Credible Communication

Professional and Personal Pointers for Credible Communication

In communication, it is critical for the encoder (the message originator) to understand the way the decoder (the person or body receiving the message) will interpret the information conveyed. Thus,…

New Hope for Refugees Under the Biden Administration—But Will It Last?

New Hope for Refugees Under the Biden Administration—But Will It Last?

Refugee resettlement, like many other public policy issues, creates two sides that are staunchly opposed with seemingly little room for compromise. Can we find a lasting middle ground that will…

Council of Past Presidents

Council of Past Presidents

Driven by the need for a new era of creativity and innovation in all areas of public administration, it is time to consider assembling the first United States Council of…

Peace in a Time of War—Can We Achieve It?

Peace in a Time of War—Can We Achieve It?

The pandemic has helped bring many social issues to the surface and at the same time has limited our ability to address them in an equitable and efficient manner. Without…

The Genius of Mary Parker Follett

The Genius of Mary Parker Follett

It was a social worker and philosopher, and an intellectual by every measure, who made one of the most significant and lasting contributions to leadership in the public service; Mary…

The State of Disability Policy Research in Public Administration: A Recap

The State of Disability Policy Research in Public Administration: A Recap

Emerging research about disability policy and public administration is falling behind other important representative topics such as female or racial representation. While these topics deserve a lot of attention, there…

DSJ in Conversation with Dr. David Satcher: A Necessary and Critical Conversation to Advance Health Equity

DSJ in Conversation with Dr. David Satcher: A Necessary and Critical Conversation to Advance Health Equity

Legitimacy and credibility are critical for public sector personnel at all levels of government. This is particularly true for leaders who are charged with leading and managing in a time…

The Organization’s Chief Credibility Officer: Thinking well, Talking Well and Ethical Leadership

The Organization’s Chief Credibility Officer: Thinking well, Talking Well and Ethical Leadership

Successful public administrators—similar to their private sector counterparts—understand the critical importance of thinking well and how that’s communicated by talking well. …