Successful Public Engagement at Meetings

The right to attend and be heard at public entity meetings is baked into state laws and democratic traditions. Public engagement enhances a board’s understanding of issues and can build essential support for the board’s initiatives. Public officials benefit from the opportunity to directly address criticism and questions rather than putting out brush fires resulting […]

Should Public Bodies “Speak with One Voice?”

“Boards speak with one voice” is a maxim of good governance. It is a primary principle of John Carver’s Policy Governance® model and is widely embraced by other governance experts as well. It means that authority is vested in the governing board’s decisions, not in the governing board’s individual members. That seems simple and straightforward. […]

Defining Governance

I’ve been teaching “governance” for several decades, and often the people attending these classes are unclear as to just what “governance” is all about compared to “government” or “governing.”  To start, “government,” a noun, means the body of persons authorized to exercise various powers to direct and supervise public affairs.  In the United States and […]