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Social Change

Social Change

To create sustainable and long-lasting solutions, we should not only focus on dealing with the symptoms of a problem but also try to understand the underlying factors that contribute to…

Seeking Public Opinion Ahead of the 2024 Election

Seeking Public Opinion Ahead of the 2024 Election

As we look ahead to the 2024 presidential election, being able to show how the public feels about issues and candidates will allow the Wilder School Commonwealth Poll—along with the…

The Governing Advantage of Professionally Managed Municipalities

The Governing Advantage of Professionally Managed Municipalities

Good government means having a foundational structure that allows government to meet the diverse needs of the people it serves. When done well, professional management can provide a foundation for…

AI and Technology: Is Government Ready?

AI and Technology: Is Government Ready?

If there is one piece of advice to be given to public administrators across the country it is: remember you are a professional and expert in your field. When appropriate,…

Dubious About Diversity: When Public Employees Raise Objections to Mandatory Dei Training

Dubious About Diversity: When Public Employees Raise Objections to Mandatory Dei Training

One topic that continues to be understudied, however, concerns employees who negatively respond to mandatory DEI training. …

How Can States Deal with the Next Crisis?

How Can States Deal with the Next Crisis?

State and local governments, working with the federal government, need to build capacity to prepare for and recover from catastrophic events instead of reacting ad-hoc as they occur.…

The Public Sector’s Call to Action: Evoking Post-Pandemic Opportunities for Societal Change

The Public Sector’s Call to Action: Evoking Post-Pandemic Opportunities for Societal Change

Given our call to service, now is our time as public sector leaders to promote the progressive change our communities are summoning...“Be the change you wish to see in the…

Back to the Basics: Nature-Based Solutions for Climate Adaptation

Back to the Basics: Nature-Based Solutions for Climate Adaptation

Although, as Hippocrates noted, “nature itself is the best physician”, it is important to state that nature-based solutions can only be effective where the local context is taken into consideration,…

Plagiarism and Public Policy

Plagiarism and Public Policy

If there is a perception that cheating, or at least finding shortcuts, gets rewarded and that there are minimal rewards for originality, then it should come as no surprise that…

Everyday Acts of Courage

Everyday Acts of Courage

The importance of small acts for the common good must not be overlooked because their cumulative effect can lead to enduring positive change.…

“Bring Me a Rock”: The Perils and Promise of Ambiguity in Leadership

“Bring Me a Rock”: The Perils and Promise of Ambiguity in Leadership

Transparent and authentic communication, born from authenticity and free from hyperbolic charged “my way or no way” and where learning moments can occur, will clear up misunderstandings and break down…