The Participation Blog

People Are Usually Smarter than You’re Willing to Admit

The inside of the bureaucratic bubble can feel like a nice, safe place to work with people who think alike and sometimes feel themselves to be above the mass of the “great unwashed.’’ I know that sounds harsh and it’s certainly not common to most people working in the public sector, but we encounter it often enough to realize that it’s also not that uncommon. That general mindset has helped create and nurture the quagmire of mistrust in which government often finds itself. Here’s a simple story with a wisely simple conclusion.