Podcast: re:public Rewind: Compassion, Constraints and Creativity

In a special four-part series recorded live at re:public XVII, a leadership retreat from the Center for Digital Government, we explore issues of race, equity, stewardship and opportunity.

by Paul W. Taylor / November 16, 2017

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The Center for Digital Government hosted its 17th annual leadership retreat, called re:public, this month in Phoenix. The day-and-a-half discussion centered around the themes of compassion, constraints, and creativity, which were explored through the lived experiences of a mayor, a lawyer, a finance chief, and a next generation entrepreneur and activist.  Together, the began a conversation about how we do — or should — treat each other in matters of race, equity, stewardship and opportunity.

Conference attendees wanted to hear these talks again so we thought we would share the discussions as they unforlded at the retreat in a special series of extended-play bonus episodes recorded live at re:public XVII.

For a podcast focused on responding to the shock of the new in government, the stories also provided poignant reminders that the shock of the old also leaves a mark on people and the communities in which they live.

They are are presented here in the order in which they appeared at the conference. 

The Rise of the Compassionate City

The Honorable Greg Fischer, Mayor, City of Louisville, KY 


Cities on the Rise: Civic Innovation, Government Transformation and New Urban Governance

Kevyn D. Orr, Partner-in-Charge, Jones Day/Former Emergency Manager, City of Detroit, MI


The New Finance 101: Embracing Constraints

Kristen Cox, Executive Director, Governor’s Office of Management and Budget, State of Utah 


Peek into the Future of Entrepreneurship and Public Leadership

Matt Madlock, Entrepreneur, Activist 




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