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A Form of Modern Day Patronage

A Form of Modern Day Patronage

Recently, the Atlantic Cities website reported that Atlanta and its professional football team, the Falcons, are considering replacing the not-so-old Georgia Dome with a $1 billion “pantheon inspired” stadium. From…

Conjunction Junction, What’s Your Function? An Assessment of Coproduction in Atlanta

Coproduction is not a new concept, as it has been recognized in academic and practitioner circles since the 1970s. Its popularity subsided in the 1990s and 2000s, but in recent…

Saving Higher Education

Saving Higher Education

It’s no secret that higher education is in a state of turmoil—one might even use the word “crisis.” College costs have risen more rapidly than the pace of inflation. Student…

The FUNDing Is GOing aWAY, Oh MY!!

The FUNDing Is GOing aWAY, Oh MY!!

(First, the headline is best when sung to the tune of Lions, Tigers, and Bears…) A few years ago, there was a book called Hope is Not a Strategy.  Agreed,…

Global Leadership Counts for You and Your Organization

Global Leadership Counts for You and Your Organization

As public managers today, we live in an international and interconnected world which is becoming more interdependent due to increased technology. While technology is important, the real key to success…

The New Emergency Alert A-Z: From Amber Alerts to a Zombie Apocalypse

The New Emergency Alert A-Z: From Amber Alerts to a Zombie Apocalypse

“We interrupt this program. This is a national emergency. The President of the United States or his designated representative will appear shortly over the Emergency Broadcast System.” Do these words…

Balancing Community Development Theory and Practice in the Classroom

Over the past few months, this column has explored community development through the theoretical lens of assets-based development. To illustrate this model, I have discussed a number of communities that…

Legal Neutrality and the Regulation of Marriage

Legal Neutrality and the Regulation of Marriage

What role should the law have in deciding who marries whom? On one level this question is about same-sex marriage, but it is also about the power of law to…

Strategic Execution of Change

Strategic Execution of Change

While public managers know that change is needed today due to budget cuts and sequestration, they also need to recognize that it will require leadership and the changing and aligning…

Short on Time or People? Ironically, You Could Try a ‘Sacrifice Session’

Short on Time or People? Ironically, You Could Try a ‘Sacrifice Session’

Of all the commodities we want or need in our organizations, the only one that is finite is time. You can get more money, more power, more impact, more love,…

On a Course of Auto-Destruction

Warning: if you are in a good mood, skip this post, because I’m finding it very hard not to be depressed by the constant reminders of American institutional dysfunction, and…