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Thank You and a Departing Message

Thank You and a Departing Message

In this column I want to hit the highlights of many of my columns. This will cover what I consider to be the most important messages I have attempted to…

Revisiting Citizen Engagement – The Antidote for Political Division

Revisiting Citizen Engagement – The Antidote for Political Division

Yes, citizen engagement improves our communities, but in time like these, it does more. It provides chances for citizens to connect as human beings. It also improves relationships among our…

What Is More Important to Society: Civic Literacy or Civic Engagement?

What Is More Important to Society: Civic Literacy or Civic Engagement?

We can help create a more inclusive, just and equitable society by empowering young people and giving them a voice in decision-making processes.…

The Crux of Leadership Philosophies

The Crux of Leadership Philosophies

Your leadership philosophy is a stand-alone document that will help others formulate an opinion of you. Therefore, it is imperative that it conveys your intended message.…

Public Service in a Society of Equals

Public Service in a Society of Equals

The ideological math of equality, representation and justice are what we need in order to be able to see eye to eye and heart to heart. When we accomplish this,…

Data Science Projects in the Public Sector

Data Science Projects in the Public Sector

Collaborative effort will empower governments to make data-driven decisions that improve the lives of citizens and create a more just and equitable society.…

Tales of Poor Leadership and Great Leadership

Tales of Poor Leadership and Great Leadership

Autocratic leadership can destroy an organization. Servant leadership can produce magical results and even build other servant leaders in the process. What a difference the difference can make!…

How Can Social Marketing Help Reduce Carbon Emissions?

How Can Social Marketing Help Reduce Carbon Emissions?

This case example from Portland, Oregon, highlights not only an innovative and successful approach to reducing millions of miles traveled by Portland residents, but it also illustrates the power of…

Student Loan Forgiveness and America’s Failing College System

Student Loan Forgiveness and America’s Failing College System

The views expressed are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of ASPA as an organization. By Andrew R. VazDecember 8, 2023 In May of 2017,…

Progress, Albeit Small, is Progress Nonetheless

Progress, Albeit Small, is Progress Nonetheless

As a local government worker, you are a difference maker and sometimes it just starts with one small step and one mini-milestone achieved. Always remember that progress, even in small…

Proto-Environmentalists, Public Policy and Public Administration

Proto-Environmentalists, Public Policy and Public Administration

The development of environmental policy in the United States, owes much to the contributions of proto-environmentalists who historically laid the groundwork for wilderness preservation, pollution control and sustainability. …