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Dear pubTalk bloggers,
pubTalk is a blog produced by the staff, faculty, and graduate assistants of the Public and Nonprofit Leadership Center at the University of Minnesota’s Hubert H. Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs. It is our hope that pubTalk will create a bridge between University research and community practice and be a forum for an exchange of ideas among all of us working for the common good.
You might be the executive director of a nonprofit organization or the program manager for a county agency, but whatever you may be doing, your work is taking place in a changing landscape. Government is no longer the main provider of public programs – many sectors are involved in policymaking and implementation. Therefore, public affairs are being conducted through networks of relationships among many groups and organizations.
pubTalk is about starting a conversation within this network. Much like what you do at your favorite hangout, we hope you’ll help this blog become an interesting place to spend some time by adding your own perspective and ideas in the comments. We also welcome any ideas you may have for posts, which you can email to us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
So, for all you potential pubTalkers out there, grab a comfy seat and a drink and join us in conversation!
The pubTalk team
pubTalk was designed in Summer and Fall 2008 by Graham Lampa, Project Lead for the "Emphasizing the 'Public' in Public Affairs" initiative. This project, funded by a Service and Process Improvement Fund grant from the University of Minnesota's Office of Service and Continuous Improvement, created weblogs for the Humphrey research centers to allow faculty and staff to publish their research and jump into the ongoing conversations taking place online within their policy areas. The other blogs can be accessed from the Humphrey blog digest.