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This is an overview of Public Works’ field-research on how Americans perceive government. While the most common default view of government is negative, a more constructive perspective emerges when the discourse is framed positively. This presentation demonstrates the effectiveness of this framing...
11/15/2010
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This short presentation addresses how to communicate about taxes more productively. This video describes the prevailing themes in anti-tax rhetoric and includes tools to foster a more pragmatic discussion about the role that taxes play in our society. For this discussion to be fruitful, the public...
11/15/2010
Video
Dominant public perceptions of government undermine efforts to engage citizens in the day-to-day work of the public sector and the many challenges, decisions and competing priorities that face our public systems. However, it is possible to create a more productive conversation about government if...
09/03/2010
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Public Works began this far-reaching effort with groundbreaking analysis and thorough, multifaceted research that examined Americans' attitudes toward the public sector. This research, which was originally conducted in 2004–2005 by the FrameWorks Institute and re–tested in 2008–2009 by the Topos...
05/06/2010
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This narrated version of presentation How To Talk About Government is an overview of our Talking about Government research findings with brief descriptions of the stories and frames that shape public thinking and recommendations for communicating in ways that can help change discourse about the...
04/04/2010
Video
Taxes support the government services that undergird the quality of life Americans enjoy. As communicators, we must promote this unique and foundational role that taxes play. We can do this by explicitly communicating the relationship between the purpose of taxes and the well-being Americans...
03/12/2010
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As we watch in dismay as our political institutions seem unable to cope effectively with the many challenges we face, a Pew Research report, Millennials: A Portrait of Generation Next, sheds a ray of hope.  It declares that the millennial generation is confident, tolerant, educated, connected...
03/03/2010
News/Resource
Getting back to Government as “Us”—as our tool for getting things done –is an essential ingredient for winning tax and revenue debates.  At the beginning of 2010, Oregon voters approved two tax increases that had been passed by the legislature and were being challenged at the ballot.  ...
02/05/2010
News/Resource
"Public structures" has proven to be an effective organizing idea for more constructive conversations about the role of government in American life. The concept was first developed by the principals of the Topos Partnership in research they conducted for Public Works in 2005, and since then, it has...
12/11/2009
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Paving the Way is part of a larger effort undertaken by the Topos Partnership and Public Works to create more constructive public dialog about public policy and economic outcomes. Promoting Broad Prosperity contains the complete findings and recommendations from this body of research...
12/11/2009
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