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1 D ē mos: A Network for Ideas & Actionwww.demos.orgwww.demos.org Public Works: the D ē mos Center for the Public Sector How to Talk About Government

2 Our Goals To foster a more productive discourse about the role of government To foster a more productive discourse about the role of government

3 Our Goals To create an active constituency for a competent public sector, to protect and promote the common good. To create an active constituency for a competent public sector, to protect and promote the common good.

4 America is at a cross-roads: Public Challenges & Public Will

5 Big Societal Challenges

6 Dominant perceptions of government undermine support for public solutions Dominant perceptions of government undermine support for public solutions.

7 Two Year Research Study What do Americans think about Government?

8 GOVERNMENT

9 “Bi-Partisan” Steve Benezue Just Politics

10 Mindless Bureaucracy

11 Dominant and Resilient images immediate come to mind. Concrete images of the systems and structures of government are missing. Consumerist thinking narrows understanding and responsibility as citizens. The Challenge

12 The Good News The “idea” of government is not lost Remember the unique mission and purpose of government Talk about public interest and common good

13 The Good News A role in public issues and shaping government Desire for consensus building and problem-solving Stewardship and planning for the future – roles for government

14 Dominant Thinking Cultural stories and stereotypes…

15 New Openings More productive perspectives provide openings for new conversations… n

16 a partisan blowhard spectator sport “Bi-Partisan” Steve Benezue Just Politics Mission and Purpose

17 Mission & Purpose VALUES Common Good Quality of Life Community Wellbeing ROLE Protector Manager & Planner Steward

18 blurry and undefined; only dimly understood Systems and Structures Mindless Bureaucracy

19 Systems & Structures Concrete and vivid images The public systems we have created How they work Why they are important

20 What’s in it for me, and what is it going to cost? Consumer Stance Government as Vending Machine Citizen Stance Our Government

21 Citizen Thinking Interdependence Working together Problem-solving Everyone has a role to play

22 Just Politics Dominant Stories BureaucracyVending Machine...can’t solve anything... not my responsibility

23 Mission & Purpose New Stories Systems & StructuresCitizen-Thinking... our tool for solutions & the common good...

24 Making the Case Values: Articulate the Public Good behind the policies and programs System Thinking: Help reveal our essential Public Systems & Structures Awaken the Citizen: What is our shared stake and responsibility?

25 Our Aspirations Efficient, Effective Government Committed to the common good

26 D ē mos: A Network for Ideas & Action How to Talk About Government © Public Works: The Dēmos Center for the Public Sector, 2010


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