Confessions of a mediator

By Doug Nathan I have a confession and I hope you won’t think less of me for it.  I’ve never been much of a football fan. But living in Seattle it’s hard not to get pulled into the excitement surrounding the Seahawks. A friend, who felt sorry about my abject ignorance of the game and…

Serving public servants and broken systems

By Steven Thomson I don’t work directly with the public. My customers are people who work in local government. I serve public servants – and it brings me joy and satisfaction. I’m a Lean consultant. That means I facilitate workshops where people get to step back from their work, name the good they create, figure…

What I learned about leadership driving a bus

By Barbara Pastores My story begins on a Saturday morning in early March.  It was one of those beautiful spring days and I was on a bike ride with my friend Bonnie on the Cedar River Trail.  I had recently finished my immersion role with the King County Facilities Management Division as part of the…

Witnessing perseverance and resilience

By Kayla Blau There is never a dull moment at our shelter and transitional housing program. Mothers dot our waiting room, oftentimes on hour-long holds with DSHS or their pro-bono lawyer. Kids zip down the hallway and swing from our dated play structure. New families arrive with nothing but the clothes on their back and…

Art as/and public service

By Ben Gannon King County, as an employer, feels like a pretty magical combination of things that are important to me and how I want to live my life. The truth is I live for art. If I retired today, 25 years early, I know exactly how I would use my time: looking at art,…

Snapshot of Public Health

By Caroline Aaron “Please, and excuse me,” he says. “She wants to know how long the chickens have been wrapped in shrouds.” I live for these questions, because they slide me out of my linear rhetoric about the WIC Program and all its’ benefits, and compel my mind to race through the catalogues of everything…

What’s your story?

Welcome to Expanding the Narrative! We share stories about what’s working in government. Personal stories from government employees and people from businesses and non-profits who partner with government agencies to learn more about their work and how it shapes the world we live in. Too often that work goes unnoticed or is devalued. We want people to…