In the Works – September 2015

by Public Works on September 29, 2015 in In the Works

We’re continuing to team up with partners in a handful of states to kick-off off the narrative testing phase new research! In August and September we held launch meetings in Nebraska, Arkansas, Michigan.

In August, Marcia and Elaine led a workshop for staff of Voices for Children in Nebraska on communicating effectively about the role of government in the wellbeing of children and families. In September, Elaine and Marcia led a similar workshop for newer staff of Arkansas Advocates for Children and Families.

We also travelled to California in August to meet with john a. powell, Julie Nelson of Governing for Race and Equity and Professor and author Ian Haney Lopez to explore future collaboration around our work on race and the role of government.

At the end of September we spent a day with staff from the Opportunity Agenda, the Center for Social Inclusion and the Insight Center for Community Economic Development to learn from each other how to be better and more effective partners in this work.


New Tool! Narrative Checklist

by Public Works on September 28, 2015 in Feature

Do you need to craft messages and narratives for multiple issues? Do you want to weave them together seamlessly and to make sure that you don’t reinforce ideas that are counter to other causes you support? And do you want … Continue reading

Honoring a Bureaucrat Who Saved Babies

by Public Works on September 28, 2015 in Public Beat

The nation pays attention when a product causes harm, but it rarely makes the news when government rules and regulations—and the bureaucrats charged with implementing them—prevent tragedies from happening. That’s why we want to pay homage to Dr. Frances Oldham … Continue reading

Millennials Unite Government and the People

by Public Works on September 28, 2015 in Public Beat

There are few things more frustrating than being asked your opinion and then having what you say completely ignored. Unfortunately, that’s been happening in many municipal governments. Managers and elected officials are trying to use technology to listen to their … Continue reading

Yelp Teaming Up with Federal Government

by Public Works on September 28, 2015 in Public Beat

Many business owners—and plenty of patrons—have mixed feelings about Yelp. The popular website and app lets people post rants and raves about restaurants and retailers. Now, Yelp is making it easier for the federal government to get information about reviews … Continue reading

Talking About Immigration

by Public Works on September 28, 2015 in September 2015 eNewsletter

The battle for the Republican presidential nomination has put immigration back in the center of the political debate. If you find yourself at a loss for talking points on the issue, Opportunity Agenda is here to help with three Messaging … Continue reading

A Common American Vocabulary?

by Public Works on September 28, 2015 in September 2015 eNewsletter

What is the shared cultural core of America? Eric Liu makes the argument for a shared national or American vocabulary and understanding of the basics of the nation’s history in this essay for Democracy. Liu is executive director of the … Continue reading