Excellent ideas! I’ve piled up quite a number of potential ‘postings’ over the years that are based on my 30+ years in the federal civil service. I’ve already posted a couple of dozen as blogs and, IMO, some of them might be improved with ‘constructive’ inputs from active and former govt employees. For instance, I am the author of a memoir/blog ‘Military-Civilian Teamwork in Suicide Prevention’ based on my ‘on-the-job’ additional duty assignments during and after ‘Viet Nam.’ Some potentially useful ideas in the blog are still universally still relevant.
In 1979 (post-retirement / pre-Internet), I wrote a paper ‘Fixing Production Mistakes’ for the SCORE program that I subsequently revised and updated to presently online ‘Fixing and Preventing Mistakes and Deficiencies in the Workplace.’ I’ve since invited input e-posts several times. No responses.
On the ‘personal’ side, for you ‘parents’ and so-called ‘older adults’ [Hah! I’m well into my 94th year and am only just beginning to taper off! I recently e-updated /revised / changed the title to ‘Grandmas! Grandpas! Write Stories to Me!’ that could use ‘companion’ stories from among my peers.
Just an idea: A subject-area that might deserve consideration (GovLoop? or State-to-local counterparts) by both lay and professional writers who are also employed by government, private industry and academia in the sciences, technologies and other disciplines that bear on space exploration, operations and logistics. I have no problems with science fiction: In my youth I was among its many world-wide Azimovian and Campbellian addicts. Later, when I saw the sense in The Limits to Growth, Mining the Sky, the Declaration of First Principles for the Governance of Outer Space Societies and the many UN space treaties I began to experiment with ‘future history and produced my blog The Interstellar Slingshot (for the fiction), and for non-fiction ‘context,’ Spacefaring and Resources, a future history. Without doubt, active and retired citizens will, by the very nature of their experiences and careers in general, represent an enormous resource for the nation.
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