21st Century Governance
Publications & Speeches

America's Innovative Leaders

America's Innovative Leaders is a periodic series highlighting American mayors and other senior public officials who are setting the standard for innovative governance. The series is written by Stephen Goldsmith and published in collaboration with Governing.com.

Mayor Curt Pringle, Anaheim, California
April 6, 2009

Mayor Joseph Curtatone, Somerville, Massachusetts
March 9, 2009

Mayor Chris Coleman, St. Paul
October 6, 2008

Mayor Shirley Franklin, Atlanta
July 14, 2008

County Executive Ron Sims, King County, Washington
June 23, 2008

Mayor David N. Cicilline, Providence, Rhode Island
June 9, 2008

Mayor Thomas M. Menino, Boston
March 24, 2008

Hope to Be the Next Silicon Valley? What Every Mayor Should Know.
March 10, 2008

Mayor John Hickenlooper, Denver
February 25, 2008

Innovative Ideas for New Mayors
February 11, 2008

Introduction: Lessons from Our Best
January 28, 2008

Selected Speeches & Publications by Stephen Goldsmith

Foreword by Stephen Goldsmith. The Public Innovator's Playbook: Nurturing Bold Ideas in Government, by Bill Eggers and Shalabh Singh, co-published by The Ash Institute and Deloitte Research. April 7, 2009.

With Donald Kettl. Unlocking the Power of Networks: Keys to High-Performance Government. Washington, DC: Brookings Institution Press, 2009. Watch Goldsmith discuss his new book in a Harvard Kennedy School Virtual Book Tour.

Op-ed with John Bridgeland. "Good Works in Hard Times." Analyzes the Hatch-Kennedy Serve America Act currently working its way through congress. Washington Times. March 9, 2009.

Goldsmith examines Mayor Curtatone's successful transformation of Somerville, Massachusetts, by budgeting for performance. America's Innovative Leaders. Governing.com. March 9, 2009.

"What’s Missing in the Stimulus Plan?" Goldsmith asserts that the economic stimulus package must include a "service stimulus." Read Goldsmith's full comments and those of other expert panelists. Room For Debate Blog, NYTimes.com, January 28, 2009.

From January 13–15, 2009, Goldsmith and other experts discussed the best approaches to infrastructure spending and successful stimulus. NewTalk hosted this online discussion.

Goldsmith advocates for prudent privatization, observing that political rhetoric often overshadows careful analysis in the privatization debate. Management Insights. Governing.com. January 14, 2009.

Goldsmith discusses the "Ascension of an Innovator," and asks if the president-elect's choice to lead HUD can teach a tough bureaucracy how to say yes. Management Insights. Governing.com. December 17, 2008.

"Volunteers for National Service Desperately Needed." With Senator Harris Wofford. The Miami Herald. December 3, 2008. Go to http://www.nationalservice.org for more information on how to get involved.
The Indiana University School of Public and Environmental Affairs and the Indiana Association of Cities and Towns launch the first Mayors Institute. Goldsmith, former mayor of Indianapolis, is a featured speaker. November 3, 2008.

"Next Generation Government: Redesigning Government to Meet the Challenges of the 21st Century." Goldsmith, of the Ash Institute for Democratic Governance and Innovation, and William Eggers, of Deloitte's Public Leadership Institute, convened the country's leading thinkers on government reform and implementers of major government transformations over the past three decades to discuss this topic. The result was a roadmap to help guide the incoming administration's government-wide reform efforts. October 6, 2008.

"The Rewards of Volunteer Service."Goldsmith and Vince Juaristi — both on the board of directors of the Corporation for National and Community Service — discuss the current state of volunteerism in America. Washington Times. August 17, 2008.

"Governing by Network: Approaches to Innovative Leadership." Presentation at the 3rd Annual Orange County Mayors' Summit, California. June 18, 2008.

With William B. Eimicke."Moving Men into the Mainstream: Best Practices in Prisoner Reentry Assistance." Manhattan Institute: Civic Bulletin No. 51 (March 2008).

"Governing by Network: Producing Public Value with Private Actors". Presentation to the National Governors Association at their Winter Meeting, 2008.

"Reform the EITC to Better Serve our Nation's Low Income Workers."Spotlight on Poverty and Opportunity Website. Last accessed on February 11, 2008.

"A Second Chance for Former Inmates." Coauthor with William B. Eimicke. The San Diego Union-Tribune. January 4, 2008.

"Improving Government Without Breaking the Bank." Special to Management Letter. Governing.com. January 2008. This year, public officials will face increasingly intense fiscal pressures. But there are commensense reforms that don't necessarily cost a lot of money.

“What’s Left for Government to Do?” American, January/February 2008, 94–99. This article examines outsourcing at the state level. Specifically, the article reveals lessons from Indiana's welfare-eligibility modernization project on whether governments really have "inherent" or "core" functions.

Indiana Law Journal. Volume 82, Special Issue. October 6, 2007. "Governing By Network: The Answer to Pound's Unanticipated Dissatisfaction."

Q&A at speech titled "Citizenship and Local Government: You Can (and Must) Make a Difference" On September 29, 2007, Goldsmith responds to questions from the audience.

"Citizenship and Local Government: You Can (and Must) Make a Difference" Goldsmith delivered this presentation on September 29, 2007.

"The Feds vs. Innovation." Special to Think Tank Town. Washingtonpost.com. August 18, 2007.
With Nina S. Rees. "Pre-K 101: Who should control a four-year-old's education—the government or parents?" Education Next. No. 3 (Summer 2007) 41–46.

With Henry G. Cisneros. "Affordability gap destroying dream of owning home." Chicago Sun Times. April 28, 2007.

With Melanie Bella and Stephen A. Somers. "Medicaid “Best Buys” for 2007: Promising Reform Strategies for Governors." Center for Health Care Strategies Issue Brief (December 2006).
"Pre-K: Shaping the System That Shapes Children." Civic Bulletin. Center for Civic Innovation, Manhattan Institute, No. 42. (August 2006).

"Privatizing to Improve Government." Transforming Government Through Privatization Reason Foundation Annual Privatization Report 2006, 20th Anniversary Edition, 16–20.

Op-ed with John Bridgeland. "An Agenda of Compassion that Works." Washington Times. March 8, 2006.

"Rebuilding New Orleans." Harvard Kennedy School Insight interview (January 26, 2006).

"Ten Recommendations on Building Effective Governance in New Orleans." John F. Kennedy School of Government (December 2005).

"The State of the Civic Union." A speech delivered at The National Conference on Citizenship: Promoting Civic Participation and Civic Dialogue, Washington, DC (September 2005).

With William D. Eggers. "Government for Hire." New York Times (February 21, 2005).

With William D. Eggers. "Rewiring government." Federal Computing Week (October 18, 2004).

With William D. Eggers. "Networked Government: It’s not about outsourcing vs. bureaucracy. It’s about managing diverse webs of relationships to deliver value." Government Executive (June, 2003).

"This Works: Managing City Finances." Civic Bulletin. Center for Civic Innovation, Manhattan Institute, Issue No. 31. (March 2003).

"The 'Compassion Factor."Wall Street Journal (January 29, 2003).

"City Hall and Religion: When, Why and How to Lead." Hauser Center for Nonprofit Organizations, John F. Kennedy School of Government (2002).

"Competing for Better Government." New York Times (December 7, 2001).

"A Little Help from Above: What Faith-Based Programs Can Do (and What They Can't)." Opinion Journal from The Wall Street Journal (January 30, 2001).

"What Compassionate Conservatism Is and Is Not."Hoover Digest Research and Opinion on Public Policy. No. 4, 2000.

"The Coming Digital Polis." City Journal. Summer 2000.

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