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A Pragmatist's Take

By Douglas Moran

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About this blog: Real power doesn't reside with those who make the final decision, but with those who decide what qualifies as the viable choices. I stumbled across this insight as a teenager (in the 1960s). As a grad student, I belonged to an org...  (More)

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Choosing meetings on Emergency Preparedness over actual preparedness
May 26, 2015 2:03 am
Comments: 6 | Views: 2,393

I expect Palo Alto to continue to be needlessly under-prepared for disasters. Why? Because of consultants, people who love attending meetings, but especially the... More
"the Summit" (CompPlan): Forewarned is Forearmed
May 20, 2015 2:35 am
Comments: 25 | Views: 2,694

Life lesson: "Avoid meetings whose purpose is to have a meeting", and its related admonition ==I "Avoid meetings intended for those who enjoy attending... More
Unrepresentative Sample of the Community?
May 15, 2015 1:30 am
Comments: 9 | Views: 2,263

"Who are these people? I've never heard of them!" is a comment I often hear about various members of the citizen advisory panels, oversight committees, ? appointed... More
In search of better formulated questions on school policy: part 2
May 8, 2015 2:41 am
Comments: 6 | Views: 2,267

Much of the recent discussion of school policy has been a jumble of programs, problems and other details. This is to encourage people to take a step back and think... More
In search of better formulated questions on school policy: part 1
May 3, 2015 5:31 am
Comments: 22 | Views: 2,560

In the recent discussions of school policy, both online and in person, I have been repeatedly struck by how unproductive they have been. There are multiple causes,... More
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