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Public Participation

I am increasingly becoming skeptical about the topic of participation
and most recently the idea of strategic planning. These are effective
tools for politicians to engage the citizenry, either to encourage
more votes or to pacify angry constituencies. Often types the same
people participate in open forums and neighborhood town hall meetings.
Additionally, the “new” topic of strategic planning has also become
politicized. Often I see elected officials set up policy goals with
the SP as a way to carry their agenda into the next administration or
further since the plans are 25-50 years in to the future.

For example if you look more closely at Rosario and Rafaela, two of my
dissertation cases studies in Argentina, in their efforts at
participatory budgeting. Honestly a fantastic idea on paper, but in
practice often difficult to accomplish. In Rosario, for example, the
whole PB process, although the staff has 4-10 people working, manages
less than 5 percent of the budget or so, to implement citizen

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On Obama's nomination...

Although Obama's nomination was a complete surprise, even to him, we can not forget that his presidency has done so much for the American people. We the US can show the rest of the world the possibility of resolving our countries racial conflicts --seeing that a people who were once slaves--are now free enough to become president of one of the greatest nations in the world! That’s amazing.

Obama on the nobel Peace Prize


Rose Garden

THE PRESIDENT: Good morning. Well, this is not how I expected to wake up this morning. After I received the news, Malia walked in and said, "Daddy, you won the Nobel Peace Prize, and it is Bo's birthday!" And then Sasha added, "Plus, we have a three-day weekend coming up." So it's good to have kids to keep things in perspective.

I am both surprised and deeply humbled by the decision of the Nobel Committee. Let me be clear: I do not view it as a recognition of my own accomplishments, but rather as an affirmation of American leadership on behalf of aspirations held by people in all nations.

To be honest, I do not feel that I deserve to be in the company of so many of the transformative figures who've been honored by this prize -- men and women who've inspired me and inspired the entire world through their courageous pursuit of peace.

But I also know that this prize reflects the k…

Comments on the Post-Governance Era

It is no doubt that the world has changed in the past year-year and half with the financial crisis and Obama taking office. Their is a renewed call for public administrators who are responsive and professional at their jobs. The question I ask is how much of this new era will be like the New Deal Era and or how will it be different? In terms of better government regulation over creating subsidy programs or the engagement of new fields to improve the economy like the green jobs movement, etc.

Also the bigger questions that also comes up is how the rest of the world sees the United States. And how the US will behave in a more equal global system. Like it or not, the rest of the world saw what happens when the markets prevailed (over past 30 years) or were poorly managed by the state and the disastrous economic and personal effects of that. They may opt out of the free market economies all together, which is exactly opposite of what the US has been trying to encourage for the past 100…

Obama on Unity and Equality

Unity is the great need of the hour - the great need of this hour. Not because it sounds pleasant or because it makes us feel good, but because it's the only way we can overcome the essential deficit that exists in this country.

I'm not talking about a budget deficit. I'm not talking about a trade deficit. I'm not talking about a deficit of good ideas or new plans.

I'm talking about a moral deficit. I'm talking about an empathy deficit. I'm taking about an inability to recognize ourselves in one another; to understand that we are our brother's keeper; we are our sister's keeper; that, in the words of Dr. King, we are all tied together in a single garment of destiny.

We have an empathy deficit when we're still sending our children down corridors of shame - schools in the forgotten corners of America where the color of your skin still affects the content of your education.

We have a deficit when CEOs are making more in ten minutes than…

El Local de Rafaela

Rafaela sirve como modelo comparativo de desarrollo
Publicado en la Opinion Domingo 14 de Sept. del 2009

Hace algunas semanas estuvo en la ciudad Heidi Jane Smith, magister en Políticas Públicas que actualmente cursa el doctorado de Administración Pública en la Florida International University. Su visita está relacionada con el trabajo de grado, ya que versa sobre la descentralización fiscal y la autonomía para el desarrollo económico local.

"Hay una gran tendencia entre los economistas que se preguntan si una ciudad tiene que ser autónoma para tomar decisiones y fortalecer su sector industrial y para elaborar programas de desarrollo económico local. Entonces, estoy haciendo un trabajo de comparación entre la Argentina y México, tomando la provincia de Santa Fe, con la ciudad capital, Rosario y Rafaela; y el Estado de Guanajuato, que su capital tiene el mismo nombre, León y San Miguel de Allende", inició así su explicación Heidi Smith en un correcto pero inevitablemente acentu…

"Stay just a little bit more"-- lyrics by The Do

Stay (Just A Little Bit More) :
He was a bore, a true chore and I still wonder why I ever wanted to see him more
I know it is useless to complain all these years after, well...
Thanks for asking now I'm fine
I should have muffled my obsession but I was all too pure
And so blindly sure that he'd always have the satisfying hug I needed

Stay just a little bit more
Don't let my heart turn sore

He was kind, polite and divine in public, tender as a sleepy child
But when we got slightly more intimate it wasn't that bright
Yes he was kind, polite, sound and sublime, in theory
But in practice believe me, there was a nasty fire burning

Stay just a little bit more
Don't let my heart turn sore

And when my curves came into play
Oh what a hopeless tumbling down
When his desire was stuck in plaster
I was young but I believed in no tales!

Sit in the desert of the bed I looked hard for an oasis
But all I could find was a dead camel in pieces
And I got so scared I tried to lure him back to bed

Fairwell Teddy

"I have come here tonight to stand with you, to change America, to restore its future, to rise to our best ideals and to elect Barack Obama president of the United States," he said. Comparing Obama to his slain brother, John F. Kennedy, the senator shouted: "This November, the torch will be passed again to a new generation of Americans. . . . Our country will be committed to his cause. The work begins anew. The hope rises again. And the dream lives on."

my new office

This is the very depressing image that depicts the misery I will confront when I return. I'm glad MLK once said "all labor that uplifts humanity has dignity and importance and should be undertaken with painstaking excellence".

--bien dicho Jeisson.

St. Teresa Band, Rio

St. Teresa Band, Rio
Originally uploaded by okvaughan
This band was made neighborhood friends who were out on a Friday night to have a nice time. There was no majority, no seniority, no cover, no one who wasn't there who didn't want to have a nice time.

Caipirinhas in Barrio Santa Teresa

Caipirinhas w/H
Originally uploaded by okvaughan
Rio is fabulous. The life of a Carioca is wonderful. Here are a few pictures to remember the city.

Americans and their Education

The piece is pretty accurate, but unfortunately, I think Palin's lack of education attribute to her demise just as much as the "lost in translation" idea. Like most Americans, we are not very articulate, especially at the national level. Although she went to college, her level of understanding the world is pretty narrow, as is her development of ideas..... pretty sad to think that most people "bought into her" and then she couldn't carry them along with a decent message.

Read Lost in Translation Why Sarah Palin really quit us.By Dahlia LithwickPosted Wednesday, July 8, 2009, at 5:09 PM ET

Summer time!

Summer is all about boating and fishing, playing in the sand, spitting water melon seeds, weeding the garden and getting a sun burn.

Bemidji on Primetime

Last night there was an episode of "How I met your Mother" where one of the characters, Robin, who's originally from Canada, gets invited to a Minnesota bar in NYC and in order to fit in, pretends that she's from ... wait for it ... Bemidji! haha In fact, she says "Bemidji" twice in the episode. Here's a clip of the "Minnesota bar" so you get an idea:

Sun Rays

Sun Rays
Originally uploaded by heydeeRio was a wonderful get away. I think its my favorite city now.

A Comment

One should also look at the administrative structure for which the Peruvian government has to deal with these types of crisis. If the government were more decentralized, maybe the local government would have been able to retain the conflict and solve local problems before the national guards were called in. A more critical look at these types of ways to deal with crisis are necessary within Latin America.--

Comment to the New Statesman's Anguish, oil and the Amazon by Enrique Mendizabal

Walter Bagehot said...

A constitutional statesman is in general a man of common opinions and uncommon abilities.

A family on the throne is an interesting idea. It brings down the pride of sovereignty to the level of petty life.

A great pleasure in life is doing what people say you cannot do.

A man's mother is his misfortune, but his wife is his fault.

A Parliament is nothing less than a big meeting of more or less idle people.

A schoolmaster should have an atmosphere of awe, and walk wonderingly, as if he was amazed at being himself.

A severe though not unfriendly critic of our institutions said that the cure for admiring the House of Lords was to go and look at it.

A slight daily unconscious luxury is hardly ever wanting to the dwellers in civilization; like the gentle air of a genial climate, it is a perpetual minute enjoyment.

All the best stories in the world are but one story in reality - the story of escape. It is the only thing which interests us all and at all times, how to escape.

An ambassador is not s…

America is...

John Updike wrote, “America is a vast conspiracy to make you happy.” Woodrow Wilson called America, “the only idealistic nation in the world.” Israel Zangwill said, “America is God’s crucible, the great Melting-Pot where all the races of Europe are melting and reforming.”Barack Obama observed, “America is an unlikely place – a country built on defiance of the odds; on a belief in the impossible.”And, Hunter S. Thompson suggested, “America … just a nation of two hundred million used car salesmen with all the money we need to buy guns and no qualms about killing anybody else in the world who tries to make us uncomfortable.”

Se Murio Benedetti

Tengo una soledad
tan concurrida
tan llena de nostalgias
y de rostros de vos
de adioses hace tiempo
y besos bienvenidos
de primeras de cambio
y de último vagón.
Tengo una soledad
tan concurrida
que puedo organizarla
como una procesión
por colores
y promesas
por época
por tacto y por sabor.
sin un temblor de más,
me abrazo a tus ausencias
que asisten y me asisten
con mi rostro de vos.
Estoy lleno de sombras
de noches y deseos
de risas y de alguna maldición
Mis huéspedes concurren,
concurren como sueños
con sus rencores nuevos
su falta de candor.
yo les pongo una escoba
tras la puerta
porque quiero estar solo
con mi rostro de vos.
Pero el rostro de vos
mira a otra parte
con sus ojos de amor
que ya no aman
como víveres
que buscan a su hambre
miran y miran
y apagan la jornada.
Las paredes se van
queda la noche
las nostalgias se van,
no queda nada.
Ya mi rostro de vos
cierra los ojos.
Y es una soledad
tan desolada.

My first Wiki

International public administration
There are several organizations that are active. The oldest is the International Association of Schools and Institutes of Administration (IASIA). Based in Brussels, Belgium, IASIA is an association of organizations and individuals whose activities and interests focus on public administration and management. The activities of its members include education and training of administrators and managers. It is the only worldwide scholarly association in the field of public management. Visit their Web site at the International Committee of the US-based National Association of School of Public Affairs and Administration (NASPAA) has developed a number of relationships around the world. They include sub regional and National forums like CLAD, INPAE and NISPAcee, APSA, ASPA. For general information about these regional networks, visit Center for Latin American Administration for Development (CLAD), b…

Are you?

You are American. You are highly competitive and highly independent, although you also have an easygoing and spontaneous nature. In order to hide and mitigate just how badly you want to win, you have developed a thick veneer of friendliness -- in order to lull your opponents into a false sense of security, yes, but also in order to actually tame your own natural blood lust, and most of the time it works. At the end of the day, you ARE both good-hearted and competitive! However, beecause you are so mobile and ever-changing -- always developing yourself -- your friendships tend to be in flux, and the people who are your oldest friends may or may not accompany you all the way through life. Probably not.

Public Service

"However long we are keepers of the public trust, we should never forget that we are here as public servants . . . And public service is a privilege. It's not about advantaging yourself. It's not about advancing your friends or your corporate clients. It's not about advancing an ideological agenda or the special interests of any organization. Public service is simply and absolutely about advancing the interests of Americans."

-- President Barack Obama

Along with Youth

By Ernest Hemingway

A porcupine skin,
Stiff with bad tanning,
It must have ended somewhere.
Stuffed horned owl
Yellow eyed;
Chuck-wills-widow on a biassed twig
Sooted with dust.
Piles of old magazines,
Drawers of boy's letters
And the line of love
They must have ended somewhere.
Yesterday's Tribune is gone
Along with youth
And the canoe that went to pieces on the beach
The year of the big storm
When the hotel burned down
At Seney, Michigan.

If i ever feel better

By Phoenix

They say an end can be a start
Feels like I've been buried yet I'm still alive
It's like a bad day that never ends
I feel the chaos around me
A thing I don't try to deny

I'd better learn to accept that
There are things in my life that I can't control
They say love ain't nothing but a sore
I don't even know what love is

Too many tears have had to fall
Don't you know I'm so tired of it all
I have known terror dizzy spells
Finding out the secrets words won't tell

Whatever it is it can't be named
There's a part of my world that' s fading away
You know I don't want to be clever
To be brilliant or superior

True like ice, true like fire
Now I know that a breeze can blow me away
Now I know there's much more dignity
In defeat than in the brightest victory

I'm losing my balance on the tight rope
Tell me please, tell me please, tell me please...If I ever feel better
Remind me to spend some good time with you
You can give me y…