Daily Archives: May 4, 2016

Governing the modern city

By Kemal Derviş and Bruce Katz – In an increasingly urban world, tackling global challenges means working in cities.

Governing cities in ways that maximize economic and social opportunity—and minimize risks to the environment and social cohesion—will be the central challenge facing nearly all countries over the next century. Yet, urban governance in the 21st century is an increasingly complex enterprise.

At the same time, the world is getting more complicated and interconnected—trends such as climate change, globalization, the digital revolution, and increased pressures around migration affect all regions. These modern challenges often require solutions that are multi-disciplinary and adaptive, which cities are well positioned to model.

Yet, spend time in any city and you will quickly find that the understanding of how these governance networks actually work, even at the highest levels, is opaque at best.

Urban innovation won’t liberate us from fiscal constraints and debt burdens, and the flows of funding from national and regional governments to cities—for everything from education, to infrastructure, to social programs—remain difficult to map even for those leading city governments. more> http://goo.gl/235Rr0


Do You Have What It Takes To Be a Political Appointee?


Succeeding as a Political Executive: 50 Insights from Experience, Authors: Mark A. Abramson and Paul R. Lawrence.

By Mark A. Abramson and Paul R. Lawrence – The start of a new Administration is still months away, but planning for 2017 has already begun.

There are many reasons why an individual should be attracted to public service. There are, however, reasons why public service may not be suited to everyone, and there are some real downsides to public service.

We believe that anyone considering an appointment should ask themselves the following questions:

  • What is your experience dealing with the mission of the organization to which you are seeking an appointment?
  • What is your relevant management experience?
  • Do you have management and leadership experiences that will instill confidence in your agency?
  • Do you have a plan to be successful in the job?
  • Are you prepared if something goes horribly wrong?
  • Do you have experience dealing with a crisis that could happen during your tenure?

If you do decide that your experience fits the job, the next key question is whether the specific position offered is the right job for you. more> http://goo.gl/Kk3ONt

Updates from GE

The World’s Largest Jet Engine Is Already More Powerful Than America’s First Manned Space Rocket
By Tomas Kellner – Navy pilot Alan Shepard became the first American to reach space on May 5, 1961 — 55 years ago this week. His capsule sat atop the Mercury-Redstone 3 rocket, propelled by a single engine that produced 78,000 pounds of thrust.

In April, GE Aviation started testing the world’s largest jet engine, the GE9X. Last week, it hit 105,000 pounds of thrust at GE’s test stand in Peebles, Ohio. Boeing’s next-generation wide-body jet — the 777X — will have one of these giants slung under each wing.

The GE9X engine is so new and so large that GE Aviation engineers reached out to colleagues in other GE businesses with experience in building really big machines to help out. Workers at GE Oil & Gas in Massa, Italy, who build towering power plants for oil and gas fields, helped test the engine’s compressor. A massive computer-controlled mill at GE Power’s brand-new factory in Greenville, South Carolina, machined the engine’s huge compressor blades. GE calls this exchange of technology and ideas the GE Store. more> http://goo.gl/fi6ymB

TO: The Remaining Presidential Contenders


Escaping Jurassic Government, Author: Donald F. Kettl.

By Donald F. Kettl – In just a few months, one of you will be elected president of the United States.

However, if you’re not very careful—now—in planning how you’ll manage the government, you’ll set the stage for a replay of this campaign in 2020—only next time it will be even worse.

You will be the Washington that candidates in 2020 will run against, only next time trust in government (you, that is) will be even lower and voters will be even angrier (at you). And you’ll have only yourself to blame.

We’ve become so preoccupied with policy puzzles—what we should do—that we pay little attention to policy results—how we can get things done.

Too many promises go unmet, too many programs get trapped in failure, too many harsh words get spent in blaming opponents for failing citizens.

The result? Trust in government is at an historic low, as Americans sense the profound mismatch between promises and results. more> http://goo.gl/xDJ68t