Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Policy Wonks

On occasion, many of us have fallen into the role of policy wonk. We carry certain specialties and types of expertise and we smile at the mention of topics which might send others rushing to the exits.

The one item we need to recall, however, is that bothersome subject of people. That they may not behave as anticipated is an easy prediction but that is not, I would submit, the biggest problem of policy wonks.

The wonk's danger is that a torrid romance with process may gloss over the very real price paid by individuals. I've seen planners move assignments and locations around like chess pieces without considering the effect on the people who will suffer from those moves. 

"Where's the money going to come from?" is always a grand question but let's also remember, "What do we say to the people who bear the heaviest burden?"

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