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Celebrating Diversity

Celebrating Diversity

I would argue that even workplaces that develop awareness, make an absolute commitment to a bias free environment and provide cultural competency training for their employees fall short of all…

Financial Fairness

Financial Fairness

Change is upon us and we must harness and direct technological change to better protect, include and advance access to the economic opportunities of our financial system and the American…

If We’re Going ‘Back to the Office’ at Least Do It Right!

If We’re Going ‘Back to the Office’ at Least Do It Right!

Public agencies have not only excelled in their missions, but they’ve also created a welcoming pipeline for a more diverse workforce including younger generations. Why not embrace the beauty that…

Governing When the Margins Are Blurred

Governing When the Margins Are Blurred

Our work, if we choose to accept it, is to try to perfect the essential parts of government that unite us, the parts that govern us and the parts that…

Revolutionizing Indian Agriculture: Modernizing Through the Digital India Scheme

Revolutionizing Indian Agriculture: Modernizing Through the Digital India Scheme

By bridging the digital divide and empowering farmers with access to information, market linkages, financial services and smart farming techniques, Digital India has revolutionized the way agriculture is practiced in…

Enhancing Local Government Administration With Large Language Models: A Test Using ChatGPT

Enhancing Local Government Administration With Large Language Models: A Test Using ChatGPT

As these novel technologies continue to evolve, and legislative frameworks governing their use catch up, LLMs have tremendous potential to address many of the critical issues impacting governments today, ideally…

The Globally Minded Public Administrator

The Globally Minded Public Administrator

Professional administrators cannot afford to remain in a silo of cultural ignorance. The education that global travel affords can pay dividends in fostering collaborative work environments and maintaining healthy organizations.…

Systems Thinking, Big Data and Public Policy

Systems Thinking, Big Data and Public Policy

By analyzing large datasets, individual characteristics and needs can be identified, allowing for the design of more targeted and tailored policies for different groups in society. This can improve the…

Affordable Housing Concerns Continue in Wake of Pandemic

Affordable Housing Concerns Continue in Wake of Pandemic

When we consider demographic breakdowns, the January 2023 Poll found that over 80 percent of African Americans, Democrats and those 18 to 34 years old identified housing as a pressing…

Lessons to a Young Local Government Administrator (Part 2 of 2)

Lessons to a Young Local Government Administrator (Part 2 of 2)

The light bulb was not invented because the candle stopped working. Someone needs to be the leader, the one that tries out new ideas for the betterment of their community.…

Has the Term Equity Lost All Practical Meaning?

Has the Term Equity Lost All Practical Meaning?

Maybe we just need to be more specific and deliberate when connecting equity concepts to practice. Regardless, serious thought needs to be given to how we can achieve the goals…