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Youth Councils Can Strengthen Local Government and Build Trust

By The Davenport Institute Youth are often overlooked during public engagement processes for multiple reasons; they are not old enough to vote, own property, or pay taxes. However, they represent the future of our communities and they are the next generation of local government leaders. In order for a local government to exercise 360 public … Continued

Digital Equity and Public Engagement

By The Davenport Institute The definition of digital equity has changed and broadened since its first conception in the 1990s and recently the pandemic placed a spotlight on digital equity when the world hastily transitioned to online work, school, and public engagement. Classrooms and public spaces went dark and were vacated as we collectively huddled … Continued

Nine Books, Nine Lessons

This guest article is by ELGL member Matt Hirschinger, Colorado local government and DEI professional. Read all of Matt’s other articles at the Social Justice –> Government homepage. Some time ago, I participated in ELGL’s “Hard Conversations About Race” Cohort. At the end, we received a list of book recommendations to continue our learning either from books that … Continued

A Love Letter to European Planning

Today’s Morning Buzz is brought to by Kayla Barber-Perrotta, Budget & Performance Manager at the City of Brighton, CO. Connect with Kayla on Linkedin. A hobby I enjoy: Gardening. I started growing my own vegetables a few years ago and it has become a great relaxation activity. It is finally warm enough consistently to garden … Continued

Conference Lessons from Outside the Sessions

Today’s Morning Buzz is by Jessica VanderKolk, Communications Manager for the City of Battle Creek, Michigan. Connect with Jessica on Twitter and LinkedIn. What I’m reading: Spare by Prince Harry What I’m watching: Taskmaster Series 9 on YouTube (Spouse and I have really gotten into British comedy panel shows.) Conferences are the best, aren’t they? … Continued

Checking on Job Satisfaction for Public Service Recognition Week

Today’s Morning Buzz is brought to you by Warren Kagarise, digital engagement manager for King County, WA. Connect with Warren on LinkedIn and Twitter. What I’m Reading: The latest profile of convicted Theranos founder Elizabeth Holmes, now known as Liz as she awaits federal prison. What I’m Watching: “Succession” as the dysfunctional dynasty saga for our modern Gilded Age prepares … Continued

Hitting the Books One Hour a Week

Today’s Morning Buzz is brought to you by Raman Shah, an independent data craftsman based in Providence, RI. Connect with Raman on LinkedIn or Twitter. What I’m working on: Diagnosing a recurring glitch in a data replication process What I’m listening to: Symphony No. 2 in D Major by Jean Sibelius A hobby I enjoy: Birdwatching Every … Continued

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