Pick a little, talk a little, pick a little, talk a little,
cheep cheep cheep, talk a lot, pick a little more
Good Night Ladies, The Music Man – by Meredith Wilson
In the musical, The Music Man, a group of local women break into song as an ultimate demonstration of the talking- but no listening phenomenon ever shown on stage. As the local barbershop quartet croons to the ladies, the women are busy ignoring the lovely music and simply speaking gibberish to themselves.
Well, we at the Alliance choose not to repeat that approach and are embarking on an experiment over the summer to listen carefully to you about what you like about Alliance resources and how we can improve to help you in your important work in local government.
Many of you have already experienced the change from our old website to our new version. The feedback has been fantastic, and we are committed to bringing you ever changing front page resources that you can use in your daily work. The new Knowledge Network, developed in conjunction with our partners at ICMA and Arizona State University, brings a Web 2.0 experience to all members and increases opportunities to collaborate with colleagues across the country and world in mutual projects. Let us know what you like about the Knowledge Network and what features you believe should follow. It is a work in progress and how you use it will influence its future.
Further, look for our fall Civic Engagement White Paper that will provide you with new ideas, tools and perhaps guide your philosophy on how important community building will be to local government’s future.
Lastly, our Transformations monthly newsletter was due for updating and this issue is the start of that work. This month you will see fewer, but deeper hitting articles that speak to cutting edge issues we hear are important to you. Let us know what subjects you would like to see covered and if we are hitting the mark with the changes we are making. In this world of constant communication, we are not only listening, but readying ourselves to act on your comments, suggestions and feedback.
Best wishes for the summer and your continued work with us in transforming local government.
Karen Thoreson, President and COO for the Alliance for Innovation