Using Local Government to Create Systemic Change: Building Your Values Into Government
Conversations about Big Ideas are crucial to shaping thought, but in local government – as anywhere - one must use the tools one has at hand to make change happen. Tools like budgets, hiring, managing through resistance to change, ordinance changes, the bully pulpit, and cross-sector collaboration are what local leaders have to work with to make a difference. Mayor Hodges can talk about using those tools to bring Earned Sick and Safe Time to Minneapolis, increase the Minimum Wage, put racial equity into the Public Works Capital Plan, support immigrant entrepreneurs and entrepreneurs of color, support trans and gender-nonconforming people, and more.
IOP Spring 2018 Resident Fellow Betsy Hodges