A 360 review doesn’t sound like a good thing to get for Christmas, but when the Emerging Local Government Leaders’ Network (ELGL.org) posted their interview with me right before the holiday hiatus, that was a nice way to end 2015 — in part because the wizards behind the site are masters of the GIF meme, and they gifted me with an extra little GIF of my favorite song in the interview!
As ELGL describes the feature:
Who doesn’t love a good ol’ fashioned performance review? ELGL loves them so much that we’re embarking on a “360 Review of Local Government.” We’re going to evaluate every single inch of the local government arena by talking to ourselves (a.k.a: other local government professionals), tech companies, journalists, professors, and anyone else who hasn’t blocked our email address.
OK, maybe that last part indicates that I shouldn’t be so happy about it…
It’s a wide-ranging discussion, and it touches everything from civic technology to working parenthood. And it includes GIFs from Parks and Recreation and The Office, so you know you have plenty of reason to read it. And in case that’s not enough, here’ s a little taste:
Wave a magic wand – what three wishes would you grant local government?
Stop being afraid of residents and start pulling them into the process — it could be like having your own community think tank, if you open up and create a structured process that pulls people into constructive collaboration and participation.
Develop a laser focus on growing the local-based, local-owned, economy, instead of spending all the budget and energy chasing shiny things from Somewhere Else.
Elected officials and bosses who are always perfectly well-informed, entirely benevolent, scupulously public-serving and modestly brilliant.