Public Service Is Multi-Sector

This morning at the ACT/IAC Executive Leadership Conference (ELC)
there was a great panel about generational gaps, government
leadership, and social software moderated by Lena Trudeau of NAPA.

One highlight in my view was a statement about how “public service is
multi-sector’” made by GovLoop.com founder Steve Ressler. This was in
response to a thoughtful question about how he left his job at DHS in
order to work on GovLoop full-time in the private sector. The notion
is that Generation Y thinks about public service differently than
older generations. Rather than it meaning a 30-year career as a
Federal employee, it instead can mean public service in and out of the
government, in the government, non-profit, and for-profit sectors.

Such “social entrepreneurship” as exemplified by Tom’s Shoes (which
donates a pair of shoes to a child who needs them for every pair
purchased) and GovLoop (a social media knowledge network for govies)
can be expected as a future trend, particularly along smart younger
people in a weak economy.

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  1. Lena Trudeau Says:

    Thanks for the shout out Mark. Another interesting thought that emerged from the panel was about building a flexible workplace. There are many leaders in government who will be looking to “semi-retire” within the next 5 years. Our panelists pointed out that if they want to come back and work part time, in a flexible environment, sometimes remotely, and on diverse teams…then they could do themselves a big favor by building that culture now, so that these are the new norms in 5 years’ time. Such common sense…

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