05.09.12 The Afternoon Delight

 

Rewind

Participate

for all you moms out there

RSVP for ELGL Conversation with Gov. Gregoire – The Oregon Emerging Local Government Leaders Network would like to extend an invitation to the ELGL Conversation with Governor Christine Gregoire. Space will be limited for this event to 100 people, and we anticipate that we may reach capacity (ELGL currently has more than 300 members).  PSU President Wim Wiewel will also be attending this forum.

Current Fellows | PolitiCorps – Do you have a spare bed and a place to make ramen? Good news, you can be a homestay host for a 2012 PolitiCorps Fellow! Just click the link below to check out the folks who need a place to crash this summer while they save democracy.

State of Oregon Voter Ballot Drop Box Locator – If you need assistance finding an official ballot drop off site, please use our Drop Box Locator at http://www.sos.state.or.us/dropbox/


Spotlight

Passive-aggressive cake.

Postal Service halts plans to shutter thousands of post offices – Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe tells a news conference that the struggling agency plans now to keep the rural post offices operating with shorter hours instead.

Bright Minds, Human-Scaled City – Next American City – Transit Miami writer Tony Garcia explains what is what at the 20th Congress for the New Urbanism.

How much does it cost to treat and deliver drinking water – It costs less for our drinking water than it does for most other goods and services, such as cable television, telephone service, and electricity.

The State of American Infrastructure – The Urban Land Institute takes stock of what cities are doing to rebuild. … In North Carolina’s Research Triangle, three counties and two metropolitan planning organizations will need to work together to fund and build a regional transit system.

Small Cities Are Becoming New Engine Of Economic Growth – The conventional wisdom is that the world’s largest cities are going to be the primary drivers of economic growth and innovation. Even slums, according to a fawning article in National Geographic, represent “examples of urban vitality, not blight.” In America, it is commonly maintained by pundits that “megaregions” anchored by dense urban cores will dominate the future.

Career

Cake Wrecks

It’s Time to Rethink Continuous Improvement – Six SigmaKaizenLean, and other variations on continuous improvement can be hazardous to your organization’s health. While it may be heresy to say this, recent evidence from Japan and elsewhere suggests that it’s time to question these methods.

When to Share Bad News – Management Tip of the Day – May 09, 2012 – As a project manager, you need to actively monitor progress to keep your team on the right path. One way to do that is to hold short pulse meetings where team.

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The sentiment AND the grammar. Awesome!

Outside the UGB

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