Defining National Readiness

One of the golden rules for Government is: If everything is a priority, nothing is a priority. It’s an adage used widely, far more than government, but it is a particularly important one when it comes to the executive branch. Why? The bottom line is that there are an infinite number of issues a country…


Education for the Future

****The U.S. Government has just released a book entitled, “Modernizing Learning: Building the Future Learning Ecosystem.” It is an implementation blueprint for how to re-build our education system to help Americans prepare for the future. The book can be downloaded for FREE here: https://bookstore.gpo.gov/products/modernizing-learning-building-future-learning-ecosystem **** Decades of education reform have focused on fixing, controlling, and…


Government of the Future!

https://bookstore.gpo.gov/products/innovating-government-re-designing-executive-branch Administration after administration has complained that implementing change is hindered by bureaucracy, siloed structures, inefficient funds from congress, and archaic, burdensome practices. While true, no one has asked the people in the system how to fix these very problems…until now. Innovation Fellows are Americans with special expertise that are now being brought into the…


Modernizing America

Let’s start by asking the question: What does it mean to modernize the country? Modernizing a nation involves making holistic changes across our most fundamental national focus areas so that the country, at its foundation, is anchored in systems ready for the 21st century. Metaphorically, it’s like looking at a house that was built in…


Laws and Design

In a recent tweet, a senator shared with the nation a new bill being proposed to help regulate and control those that exploit the medical system. But the response from many Americans was very negative – not because they dislike this person based on political party but rather, because it appeared the person hadn’t done…


Where’s the power?

I just finished a tour in the executive branch ofthe U.S. Government and one of the questions I really wanted to betterunderstand is: where is power centralized? We all assume it’s within thecongress, the president, vice president, and cabinet. But in total, there areonly 552 people in that group. However, across, the executive branch, there…


System Change

One of the greatest mistakes we all make when we are young is to believe that our great idea is either a) totally brand new and/or b) that everyone is as excited about it as we are. It’s not surprising because we spend our early years oftentimes being praised whether it be at home or…


Federal workers: America’s Unsung Heroes

I just finished my last days as a federal government employee – wow, what an experience! Inspired by the 2016 election, I wanted to better understand why we’ve become so messy, so angry, so unable to understand what our government is doing… I’ve worked on government contracts and grants for years supporting our amazing military,…


Helping the middle class

We’ve been hearing a lot of politicians talk about fighting for the middle class and certainly, we need to help control the balance of power because the division between the haves and the have-nots creates a myriad of problems. Oftentimes, the discussion though focuses on a goal of regulating fairness and that if people are…


Support for some, Support for all

We see it often these days: someone supports a subgroup of the population and others assume they are simultaneously implying they are against everyone not part of that group. But when I support one of my children in their activities, no one assumes I do it at the expense of the other ones. Why the…