The politics of listening

  The US House of Representatives was not successful in passing a bill to “repeal and replace” the Affordable Care Act. This is being portrayed as a failure of policy and leadership, with blame leaving virtually no person, party, or organization in Washington unscathed. At the same time, there is a general consensus that partsContinue reading “The politics of listening”

Too Many Walls?

Too Many Walls? The Obligation for University Public Service Programs to Create Discord, Redefine Access, and Facilitate Unsafe Space   Remarks Prepared for the American Society for Public Administration Super Session Panel, “The Role of Public Service in American Universities in the Future,” 21 March 2016 Thomas A. Bryer, PhD We have too many walls inContinue reading “Too Many Walls?”

Training NGOs in Lithuania

Over the next two days, I am conducting training on project management, leadership, and strategy for 18 NGOs in Vilnius, Lithuania in coordination if Transparency International Lithuania and with support from the U.S. Embassy. See http://thinkdo.transparency.lt  The participants in the training program are of diverse ages, include organizational directors and project managers, and represent a wonderfulContinue reading “Training NGOs in Lithuania”

The War on Impoverished Citizenship: Reflections for Government-Citizen Relations around the Globe

Extended Abstract of Remarks Prepared for Delivery at the Institute of Public Affairs, Chonnam National University, Gwangju Metropolitan City, South Korea, October 27, 2014  Thomas A. Bryer, PhD The War on Impoverished Citizenship: Reflections for Government-Citizen Relations around the Globe A central question to ask in citizen-government relationships, and one that is not so easilyContinue reading “The War on Impoverished Citizenship: Reflections for Government-Citizen Relations around the Globe”

Crowdresearching: How to Create Civically Healthy Communities

I am launching a new idea, a new concept that marries the practice of community-engaged research with the social and innovation process of crowdsourcing. My research question is this: How do we create more civically healthy communities? This is an initiative driven by my receipt of an inaugural Reach for the Stars research award fromContinue reading “Crowdresearching: How to Create Civically Healthy Communities”

Teaching Impact: A New PA Times Column

For the next six months, at least, I will be writing a monthly column for PA Times, the newspaper of the American Society for Public Administration entitled Teaching Impact. This is a dual meaning title; the column will be about teaching activities and pedagogical strategies that can achieve impact in communities and the lives ofContinue reading “Teaching Impact: A New PA Times Column”

Now Recruiting AmeriCorps VISTA to Help Homeless Students in Central Florida

The UCF Center for Public and Nonprofit Management is recruiting 15 AmeriCorps Volunteers in Service to America (VISTA) to commence a year of full-time service in February 2014. As a member of our VISTA team, you will focus your efforts to build the organizational, administrative, and financial capacity of public and nonprofit organizations that serveContinue reading “Now Recruiting AmeriCorps VISTA to Help Homeless Students in Central Florida”

Call for Papers: The State of the Research on Civic Engagement: How Service and Volunteerism is Reshaping our Civic and Community Health

 CALL FOR PAPERS  The State of the Research on Civic Engagement:  How Service and Volunteerism is Reshaping our Civic and Community Health  8th Annual Public Administration Research Conference  Friday, March 28  UCF Fairwinds Alumni Center  This conference will convene local and national scholars and practitioners concerned about the use of national service and volunteer programsContinue reading “Call for Papers: The State of the Research on Civic Engagement: How Service and Volunteerism is Reshaping our Civic and Community Health”

A Story of a Government Shutdown: Using Seventh Grade Spelling Words

Later this week, I am going into my son’s 6-9 grade class to discuss all that is happening in Washington, DC with the federal government. Combined with my son’s seventh grade spelling list for the week, I have constructed a story. Is there a broader lesson here about seventh grade academics and the antics inContinue reading “A Story of a Government Shutdown: Using Seventh Grade Spelling Words”