In the Works – December 2014

by Public Works on December 18, 2014 in December 2014 eNewsletter

Vintage suitcaseIn December Marcia brought the house in Montana last month when she co-presented during a plenary session with Celinda Lake of Lake Research Partners at Making an Impact:  Advocacy for 2015 Legislative Summit hosted by the Montana Budget and Policy Center. At the summit Marcia also co-led a workshop with Matt Leow of M&R Strategies on how to use message boxes as a communications tool. Marcia also recently travelled to Nebraska where she led a workshop on Messaging Solutions for the Common Good for nonprofits leaders from around the state hosted by Coalition for a Strong Nebraska.

Anika was in Dallas, Texas attending Race Forward’s Facing Race conference where she led a workshop alongside folks from the Opportunity Agenda, the Center for Social Inclusion and the Insight Center for Community Economic Development. Forty eight hours later she was in Baltimore, Maryland to participate in the State Policy Partnership’s annual conference (formerly State Fiscal Analysis Initiative) as a former State Policy Fellow. Anika also recently teamed up with the Kirwan Institute to offer a webinar that looked at how we can reclaim government as a tool for racial justice.

In December Elaine was in Arlington, Virginia where she led a workshop for a group of staff from state legislative offices in northern Virginia.

The Economic Case for Better Wages

by Public Works on December 18, 2014 in December 2014 eNewsletter

Billionaire venture capitalist, Nick Hanauer, strikes again. We’ve highlighted Hanauer’s past efforts to explain how economic policies that put the middle class front and center are better for the economy overall. PBS’ series Making Sen$e recently shined a spotlight on … Continue reading

NASA is “All about that Space”

by Public Works on December 18, 2014 in December 2014 eNewsletter

When was the last time a federal agency got more than 1.6 million views on YouTube for a video promoting its work? We can’t think of an example either. But this month employees of NASA’s Johnson Space Center did just that when … Continue reading

More People Insured, More Opposition to the ACA

by Public Works on December 18, 2014 in December 2014 eNewsletter

A slight majority of Americans believe it’s not the federal government’s responsibility to ensure that all Americans have health coverage. Before the Affordable Care Act went into effect, a majority had the opposite view. In fact, back in 2006, 69% … Continue reading

Support for Government Regulation Declines

by Public Works on December 18, 2014 in December 2014 eNewsletter

Half of Americans believe there is too much government regulation, according to a new poll from Gallup. Gallup’s interpretation of why echoes that common refrain—Americans don’t like their government: A number of Americans view the federal government negatively, and it’s … Continue reading

Facts (still) Don’t Trump Frames

by Public Works on December 18, 2014 in December 2014 eNewsletter

The body of communications research proving that facts alone do not change people’s minds continues to grow. This recent article from Pacific Standard magazine walks through some of the latest research in this field. When confronted with facts that challenge … Continue reading

A Lesson on the Power of Ideas

by Public Works on December 18, 2014 in December 2014 eNewsletter

What is power? There’s the power of the government, the power of the people, the power of a boss. In this TED-Ed Original, Eric Liu explains where power comes from, how it’s exercised, and how one can become more powerful … Continue reading