Why this blog?

–Like so many others, I’m provoked into writing by what I’ve read or heard. Also like others, I file away ideas that didn’t make it into publications, but which seem too good to toss as they wait for a better home. This blog is to be their home.

I’ve tried to bring the remainders into some order as prompts, probes and optics: prompts when they pose important questions, probes when they reach for answers, optics when they recast the question or answer more tractably.

Most are short and standalone. Some deploy ridicule, the only honorable weapon we have left today, says novelist Muriel Spark. The connecting aim throughout is to provoke the reader into thinking further about reliability and unpredictability in the complex messes we call public policymaking and management.

I will have failed in this blog if you do not find something important you haven’t heard or read before.

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