The Government We Need is a podcast exploring the government of the future and how it can best serve everyone.
How government can design a human-centered social safety net
For those in need of social services – unemployment, housing, healthcare, food – the safety net isn’t easy to navigate or access.
In this episode, we talk with Code for America Executive Director Amanda Renteria. Code for America’s mission is to build “a 21st century government that effectively and equitably serves all Americans.”
Amanda talks with The Government We Need about how government can build a more responsive and dignified social safety net to support those who need it most.
How government can make public budgeting more participatory
In this episode, we talk with Participatory Budgeting Project Executive Director Shari Davis. PBP is a nonprofit organization advancing participatory budgeting across the United States and Canada. It has helped more than 400,000 people directly decide how to spend $300 million in public funds in 29 cities.
Shari talks with of The Government We Need about how government can make public budgeting more participatory and, as PBP says, give people real power over real money.
How government can support climate action
In this episode, we talk with environmentalist and local government leader Rick Cole. Rick talks with the Government We Need about creating a climate-conscious city -- from policy to business and organizational collaboration -- and how local governments can foster a more sustainable planet.
How government can find its purpose
By identifying the right problems to work on — and solving these with a performance and purpose-based mindset — government can better serve its true mission.
The Government We Need talks with "Peak Performance" author Brian Elms about how government can ask the right questions and, by doing so, find its true public service purpose.
How we can code a better government
Government has historically been challenged in effectively leveraging technology to best serve the people. A decade ago, a movement of civic hackers -- technologists working for good -- inside and outside government began to eschew the trappings of Silicon Valley technology culture, instead putting their talents to use to code a better civil society. Code for America founder and executive director Jen Pahlka talks with The Government We Need about how we all can code a better government.
How we can bring more diversity into elected office
In this episode, we talk with Sarah Horvitz, National Political Director of Run for Something, an organization that supports young and diverse political candidates, about how we can bring more diversity into elected office.
Excellent Listen, refreshing insights, and novel takes on what a government should actually look like.