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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!

Socks

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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