Good Governance Today, Better Governance Tomorrow...Take a Moment for Positivity (Outline Update)
Posted by Bridge Alliance Education Fund on May 03, 2019 at 6:40 PM
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I was sorely tempted to start this Weekly Update off with a joke (in fact, I had one picked out), but then I realized I was falling into a trap. Specifically, I was conflating “good governance and policymaking” with the dysfunction currently plaguing Congress. The truth, though, is that there are a lot of good things happening around the nation, as well as in Washington, D.C.
So take a deep breath and take a gander at some recent updates that show things aren’t quite as bad as they sometimes seem. And even where things are bad, there are a lot of smart people trying to think of good solutions:
- Participatory Budgeting Project lists 45 confirmed active participatory budgeting projects happening across the USA, and another 21 pending this year.
- Cities of Service has been profiling Engaged Cities Award finalists -- cities that harness the creative power and energy of their residents to solve real-world problems.
- The Millennial Action Project announced that the 2019 Future Summit will be held in Nashville in August -- this is the largest bipartisan gathering for young elected officials in the U.S.
- The Select Committee for the Modernization of Congress held its first hearing on March 12th.
- The Project on Government Oversight released their “Baker’s Dozen”: An in-depth report on 13 problematic policy areas and solutions that Congress can adopt.
There is still a lot of work to be done, but we are making progress now. So please, take a second to enjoy the progress we have made thus far, and get excited for all of our future successes as we work together to achieve a more perfect union.
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