Bill Eggers and John O’Leary write a great post @ Governing about sustainability. I am a huge fan of them both, and especially thank Bill for helping support NASCIO while I was President.
Change in Government: Can we make change part of Government DNA?
The post deals with my obsession in Government, sustainability. Not the environmental kind (although I fully support as well) but sustaining government itself. Getting to the core of what we do. Wondering out loud whether we should continue doing everything we do or just some subset. It asks the valid Drucker questions about whether we would start doing this again if we had the choice and if so, from the ground up, how would we do it.
While I believe we need some large scale changes in Government, I was tought by one of my law professors, Jim Jones @ UW Law, that we need to build bridges in society for large scale change. As society needs it, so does Government itself. We need to give civil servants around the world safe spaces and platforms to discuss change in real ways. They will need some processes to deal with the change, internalize it and make it part of their DNA.
And if we are to make it lasting we need to grow some patience. And we need to bridge in some persistence. Change cannot rely on a bright individual every few years to make it happen, it needs to grow in our up and coming leaders, our students and our kids.
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