Need for Discourse on Public Goods
This will be the second charette on public goods hosted by the Harvard Kennedy School Community of San Diego. This meeting will continue and advance our conversations about “message” and “methods” to increase public awareness of public goods.
Public goods are “hidden in front of us, every day”. Public goods are the multitude of services and products provided by government that everyone uses and benefits from and that are paid for by everyone’s taxes. People benefit from clean air, clean water, street lights, public parks and beaches, a 911 call system, fire protection, food and drug safety, ports, public health services, bridges, jogging trails and scores more. The list is enormous. But most people are oblivious to the source of these things they enjoy. Moreover, mainstream economics, as taught in the colleges and universities, has a negative interpretation of public goods and no concept of non-market production. The absence of “public goods” in our national discourse denies citizens the ability to make decisions about things that matter mightily to the quality of their lives and their communities.
Check out what the Danes are doing
Watch this witty and hilarious short commercial for public bus service in Denmark:
“The Bus is Cool” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=snKbU5r0pBo
The Public Goods charettes are presented by Co-Leaders June Sekera and Tom Hulst.
June Sekera is leading The Public Goods Initiative. Currently a Research Fellow at the Global Development and Environment Institute at Tufts University, she has over 25 years of management and leadership experience at the federal, state and local levels of government. She is a member of the American Society for Public Administration. June received her Master’s in Public Administration from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, and studied economics at Harvard and MIT.
Tom Hulst, currently an educational and organizational consultant, has taught government and politics at the community college level; worked on the policy staff of the governor of Washington State, served as superintendent of schools in Washington state, and recently participated as facilitator/coach in the Washington State Leadership Academy. He possesses an M.A. in public administration and economics and has been a member of the American Society for Public Administration for over 30 years.