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We Need to Promote Public Service in Government

Steven Cohen | Posted 04.14.2014 | Politics
Steven Cohen

A sophisticated, competent government would be a real asset as we face the challenges presented by globalization and the need for environmental sustainability. Too bad we don't have one.

Exploding the Myth That Government Can't Innovate

Clint Wilder | Posted 03.06.2014 | Green
Clint Wilder

Government should not pick winners and losers. Public sector bureaucracy strangles entrepreneurship and innovation. Government can establish broad pol...

Consider the Giraffe, That Improbable Change Agent

Valerie S. Lies | Posted 02.28.2014 | Impact
Valerie S. Lies

Can we make the necessary changes, set aside our differences (including the differences in status, influence and power), and still create connective spaces for honest exchanges to take place in order to achieve true change?

Military Pension Cuts Prove Hypocrisy of Republicans

Dale Hansen | Posted 03.29.2014 | Politics
Dale Hansen

The question the Republicans who are fighting to restore the cuts to military pensions really need to answer is, what makes all of these other brave men and women who work for the government less deserving of good pay, great benefits and public adoration?

Why Municipalities Should Look to San Jose, Not Detroit, For a Lesson in Pensions

Teague Paterson | Posted 03.23.2014 | Detroit
Teague Paterson

Judge Steven Rhodes's recent ruling in Detroit led many to believe that it's open season on worker pensions. The national media declared local governments had new legal precedent to start cutting benefits for thousands of public employees. This is exactly the wrong lesson to take away from Detroit.

The NSA Is Scary Good

Dale Hansen | Posted 03.22.2014 | Politics
Dale Hansen

Since June 2013, when Edward Snowden released government documents confirming the existence of various data gathering methods used by the National Sec...

Fourteen 2014 New Year's Resolutions for Progressives -- and One for Every Year

Robert Creamer | Posted 03.01.2014 | Politics
Robert Creamer

The coming year will determine whether progressives allow the obstructionist tactics of extremists and their billionaire allies to stop change that benefits the vast majority of ordinary Americans.

Middle East and North Africa: Holding Public and Private Corruption Accountable

Mehrunisa Qayyum | Posted 02.16.2014 | World
Mehrunisa Qayyum

Since December 9th was "International Anti-Corruption Day", global watchdog Transparency International encouraged dialogue over Twitter using the m...

Problems With Obamacare Don't Prove Private Sector Superiority

Dale Hansen | Posted 02.15.2014 | Politics
Dale Hansen

There are plenty of things not to like about the ACA but many in the media have taken this as an opportunity to push as common conservative platitude -- anything the public sector can do, the private sector can do better.

Conservative Groups Plan Assault On Public Sector

The Guardian | Posted 02.04.2014 | Politics

Conservative groups across the US are planning a co-ordinated assault against public sector rights and services in the key areas of education, healthc...

Conservatives Contribute to Fallacy About Union Power

Dale Hansen | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Dale Hansen

Political parties and their corporate sponsors have made unsubstantiated hysteria the new norm in political discourse. Unfortunately, this means that we get groups devoted to a narrative that is not supported by data.

Heathcare.Gov: How Disaster Could Have Been Averted

Faisal Hoque | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Faisal Hoque

An organization setting out to improve the way it manages business technology initiative such as Healthcare.gov must realize that changing its governance and the organization requires time and attention.

Obamacare Is Making Republicans Sick

Dale Hansen | Posted 11.30.2013 | Politics
Dale Hansen

The most ironic argument against the ACA is that it kills jobs. While most Republicans would argue that the government can't create jobs, apparently government can destroy them.

About That Lower Unemployment Rate and Public Sector Jobs

Jared Bernstein | Posted 11.08.2013 | Politics
Jared Bernstein

It's now pretty well understood that of the two ways you can reduce unemployment, we got the bad one today. That is, the jobless rate can fall because more jobseekers land jobs -- good; or because they give up looking -- bad.

Intrapreneurship Presents Solutions for MENA's Large Public Sector

Mehrunisa Qayyum | Posted 10.30.2013 | World
Mehrunisa Qayyum

Intrapreneurship is characterized by the "start up" style of management, characterized by flexibility, innovation, and risk-taking. The objective is to circumvent bureaucracy and fast-track private sector development by harnessing or taking advantage of new opportunities and new processes or designs.

The Curse of Greek Public Sector Authoritarianism

Justine Frangouli-Argyris | Posted 08.17.2013 | World
Justine Frangouli-Argyris

In the country's airports and at its cruise terminals, there can be no further room for intolerant officials. They must be held to the highest standards if the country is to achieve the position it hopes to command on the world tourist map.

Re-thinking the "Business" of Government

Faisal Hoque | Posted 07.28.2013 | Politics
Faisal Hoque

As with the private sector, all public agencies are functioning within a global marketplace -- the key difference lies in the constituencies it serves.

Why Teach Philanthropy -- and How?

Elizabeth Marquardt | Posted 06.18.2013 | Impact
Elizabeth Marquardt

Granted, philanthropy is not the first topic that comes to mind when thinking about standard offerings at liberal arts colleges. But increasingly, students studying humanities, social or hard sciences, or business can learn about philanthropy, and it's easy to see why.

Ketchup Or Sequestration?

Rev. Seamus P. Finn, OMI | Posted 04.28.2013 | Business
Rev. Seamus P. Finn, OMI

In between the analysis and absorption of the impact of both these government actions, Warren Buffett, the sage of Omaha, announced his intentions to buy the H.J. Heinz, the beloved ketchup brand of most Americans, for $23 billion.

Looming Sequester Cuts Threaten Public and Private Sector Workers

Sean Crowley | Posted 04.06.2013 | Politics
Sean Crowley

Millions of Americans who depend upon government-funded services deserve better than this kind of "sore loser" lack of leadership from our elected representatives. And so do the hundreds of thousands of government employees who deliver these vital services.

Pension Panic Fueled by Anti-Worker Politics?

Michelle Chen | Posted 03.27.2013 | Politics
Michelle Chen

Pension costs seem to loom over so many state and local budget battles like a sinister sword of Damocles, a dark reminder of Big Government's tyrannical profligacy. Should we panic?

'Plan B' Isn't a Plan at All

Gov. Martin O'Malley | Posted 02.18.2013 | Politics
Gov. Martin O'Malley

There are now only 12 days left for Congress to reach an agreement to avert the so-called "fiscal cliff," yet Republicans are still insisting on a plan that will harm our economy and risks our ability to compete in the 21st century.

Where Rubber Hits the Road: Reforming Public Sector Management

Otaviano Canuto | Posted 02.09.2013 | World
Otaviano Canuto

The way taxes are collected, budgets and policies are set up, and public employees are managed and behave affect the results that governments can achieve. Why then is reforming public sector management so hard to obtain, since benefits are so obvious?

A False Dichotomy

Mark Yzaguirre | Posted 01.28.2013 | Politics
Mark Yzaguirre

There are a lot of good criticisms that can be made regarding the need to overhaul a sclerotic public sector, but starting such discussions with the assumption that one can neatly divide the populace between makers and takers is rank nonsense.

Share Your Voice in Our Future by Voting Tuesday

Benny Napoleon | Posted 11.02.2012 | Detroit
Benny Napoleon

The future of our nation, Michigan and Wayne County rests with you and other voters. Do not give up your right to vote! I encourage you to become familiar with your ballot by reviewing it online and deeply considering each candidate and issue.