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LAST week, seven miles from the nearest road, setting up camp on a hillside looking west toward the blue-gray peaks of the North Cascades in Washington State, I found myself thinking about government.   Not that there was much of it in sight. I was hiking with my brother, sons and nephews in...
09/12/2011
News/Resource
Writing for the Massachusetts Municipal Advocate Magazine, Patrick Bresette explicates the causes of and solutions to the distrust in government so prevalent in our country.  “Negative views of government are indeed dominant, but these views are not as entrenched as many believe. There are...
07/13/2011
Publication
Patrick Bresette—Associate Program Director of Public Works: The Dēmos Center for the Public Sector—gave a speech in June 2011 at the City Club of Cleveland outlining our work: trust in government, whose problem it is, and how we can change it.
06/21/2011
Video
In spite of the ostensible tidal wave of recent anti-government sentiment, Patrick Bresette—Associate Program Director of Public Works: The Dēmos Center for the Public Sector—reminds us that public support for the core functions of government still exist. “Contradictions in public opinion reveal...
06/12/2011
News/Resource
Dianne Stewart (Director of Public Works: The Dēmos Center for the Public Sector) reminds us that “taxes are our contribution to something important that is bigger than we are.” Paying taxes is our way of ensuring that the quality of life we enjoy endures, in this way we are stewards of the common...
04/17/2011
News/Resource
This is an overview of Public Works’ Talking about Government research findings. It includes brief descriptions of the stories and frames that shape public thinking and recommendations for communicating in ways that can help change public discourse about the role of government in our society. 
04/01/2011
Video
On March 29th, 2011 Public Works hosted a webinar on ways to take advantage of tax season as an opportunity to communicate a different story about the role of taxes in our country. While it focuses on Tax Freedom Day, it includes universal examples for any situation. This guide provides strategies...
03/29/2011
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Reflecting on the current anti-government sentiment, Patrick Bresette—Associate Program Director of Public Works: The Dēmos Center for the Public Sector— calls for a need to rebuild trust in government by rebuilding trust in each other: finding shared goals, identifying common purposes and...
03/03/2011
News/Resource
This guide includes strategies for defending public services and the revenues needed to support them. Produced during the anti-government, budget-slashing political climate of 2010-2011, this report advocates for affirming the role of public services, systems, and structures. It examines dominant...
12/10/2010
Publication
This video summarizes economic research findings conducted between 2007-2009 by the Topos Partnership in collaboration with Public Works. The presentation describes the dominant public perception of the economy and includes a new economic narrative to reshape this perception. 
12/01/2010
Video
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