Top Five Ways ELGL is Inspiring Me

Posted on May 5, 2020

Photo Sarah Moss and Denver City and County Building

By Sarah Moss, MPA | LinkedIn | Twitter

What I’m Watching: Hulu’s “High Fidelity” adaptation, which inspired this top five list (Here’s the trailer and a Rolling Stone review)

What I’m Writing: New, simplified GOV.UK-style copy for 161 pages on the Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade website

What I’m Listening To: 1) In honor of May 4, “Take 5” (in 5/4 time) by The Dave Brubeck Quartet, “Star Wars” music by John Williams, and a mashup of both, and 2) Questlove live stream DJ sets/musicology lessons on YouTube nearly every day

In no particular order:

1) ELGL Birthday & Books
My birthday was last month, and my birthday plans… um…”evolved” like this:

  • Three-week trip to Spain, after dreaming about going to Spain for decades since my 11th grade Spanish teacher Ms. Thorton taught me about paella and Moorish architecture
  • Denver Nuggets game at Pepsi Center
  • Dinner with extended family at neighborhood Mexican restaurant
  • Bake myself a cake and STAY HOME

Weirdest. Birthday. Ever. Still, my ELGL Birthday & Books buddy, Clay Campbell, helped make my birthday special by mailing me “The Big Burn: Teddy Roosevelt and the Fire that Saved America” by Timothy Egan and “Civic Tech: Making Technology Work for People” by Andrew Schrock. I have reading aplenty about inspirational public servants. Thank you, Clay!


2) ELGL socks
Not only do they keep my toes warm, they remind me to be kind and work hard. I recommend wearing them while watching “A Parks and Recreation Special” or anytime.

3) 2020 Equity Ambassadors Cohort
Putting equity at the center of government decision-making is not “the way we’ve always done it.” As a values-based public service consultant, I’m psyched to be in this 2020 Equity Ambassadors Cohort.

4) ELGL Mentorship Program
I volunteered as a mentor, and this week I’m scheduled to chat with a recent college graduate. She currently works as a university research fellow, and she wants to go into local government. I can’t wait to welcome her into our community!

5) The creativity, courageous vulnerability, and making-it-happen-ability of ELGL members, staff, and board
And I’m not just talking about how all those sticky notes that I usually use for leading strategic planning retreats and process improvement workshops are now party hats for stuffed animals while I wear a unicorn costume to film birthday videos for my nieces and nephews. (See the ELGL50 Facebook group for a photo.) From COVID-19 learning and connection opportunities, to Morning Buzz musings that make me think (and sometimes cry), to an all-online #ELGLinspire… Wow. Thank you, friends. Keep up the good work.

What’s inspiring you? Drop me a line.

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