To support local government redesign efforts and recognize the innovative work already underway, the Public and Nonprofit Leadership Center has partnered with state associations to create the Local Government Innovation & Redesign Guide and host a yearly Local Government Innovations Awards ceremony.
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Greetings! My name is Bjorn Arneson. Throughout this academic year, I'll be serving as a research assistant in the Public and Nonprofit Leadership Center and assisting in the delivery of a couple public affairs courses. In addition to that, however, I'm working to complete my own degree program in public and nonprofit leadership and management.
To that end, I am currently taking three courses that address "work" from three different angles: Labor Economics (APEC 5511), Strategic Human Resource Management (PA 5104), and Sociology of Time: Age, Work, and the Gendered Life Course (SOC 8590). I am quite interested to see how these three perspectives on labor and work interact with each other and am eager to apply material learned in one course to the other two.
Prior to enrolling at Humphrey, my working experience has been in very small (<8 employees) music-related nonprofits. Our working rhythms were very seasonal, and I'd hardly describe either of them as "typical" 9-5 jobs. In some ways, this rhythm was liberating; in other ways, infuriating. Throughout this semester, I'll be blogging about how changing information technologies, sensibilities about work and family, and our conceptualization of time inform how public and nonprofit organizations may recruit, compensate, and retain an effective workforce.
I'm certainly learning as I go, and I hope that you'll help me. Please ask questions in the comments--I'll try to give an intelligent answer (or at least point you in the direction of one!). Happy pubTalking.