Radical THANKSGIVING: Second Helpings of Government


People love the idea, for some strange reason, of piling on new ideas. Without very clear and sometimes spoon-fed tactics, change is hard to swallow. Especially, too, when we’re led to believe that government never tastes good.

This is why people of all types often talk so negatively about topics like Obamacare, educational reform, entitlement improvements, maybe even wholesale immigration improvements. We’ve been convinced that government NEVER tastes good.

Or at least that seems to have been the case. But our collective desire to find SOMETHING worth liking may be changing what’s on the menu (with full and transparent social calorie listings on the side!). About 70% of those who actually use the Affordable Care Act like it.

But all the more importantly, government itself seems to be back in flavor, just in time for Thanksgiving!

Don’t believe me, check out what the smart people have to say! Folks at the Harvard Business Review just published a piece entitled “Look to Government – Yes, Government – for New Social innovations.” Christian Bason and Philip Colligan represented the title pretty well when they wrote this opening, which I post in its entirety because it says a mouthful:

If asked to identify the hotbed of social innovation right now, many people would likely point to the new philanthropy of Silicon Valley or (other) social entrepreneurship efforts …. Very few people, if any, would mention their state capital or Capitol Hill. While local and national governments may have promulgated some of the greatest advances in human history — from public education to putting a man on the moon — public bureaucracies are more commonly known to stifle innovation.

Yet, around the world, there are local, regional, and national government innovators who are challenging this paradigm. They are pioneering a new form of experimental government — bringing new knowledge and practices to the craft of governing and policy making; drawing on human-centered design, user engagement, open innovation, and cross-sector collaboration; and using data, evidence, and insights in new ways.

This is exactly the trend that RadicalNOT provides some cover for. No matter how intensively the conservatarian right wing took bites out of governmental effectiveness, even their nefarious tactics have started to come face-to-face with the reality that government can work – can, actually, be a tasty morsel.

Expect to see more and more of this shift no matter how misguided Congress may end up being. Time and the facts, advanced rapidly by technological leaps that have no time to look backwards, are about to be served up as very delectable selections.

Trust me, it’ll be worth asking for (and safe once again)  for additional helpings! You’re gonna need the calories for the fights ahead!


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