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Money Management: Tips to Help Your Future

August 22, 2012 by Jim Peters

If you want to “live within your means,” you must first establish what those “means” are. Start with an inventory.[read more]


Back to the Basics: Taking Care of Folks

February 6, 2012 by Dennis Smith

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  First and foremost, this is a mindset that embodies the truth of caring for all people and putting them first. This belief set crosses every strata of our community life, whether private or public.   All people are customers in a way, with needs for products, services or assistance. The same is true in the government or...[read more]


Transforming our legislative systems through citizen cooperation

June 14, 2011 by John Boik

Our world is going through dramatic changes.  Old institutions and approaches are failing, and new ones, like those discussed on GoverningPeople, are gaining in interest and influence.  Like many readers here, I have asked myself the question, "What practical steps could we take to build a better system of governance, and...[read more]


Government Innovation: Life (Part 1 of 3)

October 12, 2010 by Alex Torpey

This is part one of three on a series of using "Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness" from the Declaration of Independence as a framework for modern government innovation. Life. I’m not talking about Oprah’s version of the BBC and David Attenborough’s Planet Earth. I’m talking about what is perhaps the most...[read more]


Day Two of the Gov 2.0 Summit

September 8, 2010 by Alex Torpey

Yesterday, Tim O'Reilly kicked of the Gov 2.0 summit by saying that we must end the era of the vending machine services government and move to an open collaborative platform.And the lineup of speakers for the day reinforced that theme. From, Ellen Miller from the Sunlight Foundation who spoke critically of the accuracy of some open...[read more]


Day One of the Gov 2.0 Summit

September 7, 2010 by Alex Torpey

First up at the Gov 2.0 Summit is O'Reilly Media founder Tim O'Reilly who just finished welcoming guets to the event. The clear theme of the conference is looking at government not "as a vending machine of services" but rather as a platform on which society can build upon. Using transportation as the first example, Tim O'Reilly set...[read more]


An Exclusive Governing People Preview of the Gov 2.0 Summit

September 1, 2010 by Alex Torpey

OSeptember 7th and 8th, some of the most engaged, creative and innovative minds will converge at the Grand Hyatt in Washington DC for the 2010 Gov 2.0 Summit. Last year was O’Reilly Media’s first Gov 2.0 Summit and this year the event will no doubt beat even the heightened expectations.Speakers include government officials from the NSA,...[read more]


Is Education Our Best Public Policy Initiative In The History of Civilization?

August 16, 2010 by Alex Torpey

Watching Massachusetts Senator Scott Brown’s campaign director talk about their campaign strategies earlier this summer made me realize that something really profound was taking place in our country.As he detailed all of the innovations their campaign used to try and convince people to vote for their candidate I couldn’t help but wonder...[read more]


The Importance of Debate

August 2, 2010 by Alex Torpey

From the US National Archives on Flickr

From the US National Archives on FlickrDisagreeing with someone is not easy. Nor is it easy when someone disagrees with you.In fact, constructive disagreement could probably be classified as a serious skill, one that few of us truly possess.However, in our most tense moments, where disagreement is prone to be least subtle is of course...[read more]