Persuasion, Presentation, Demilitarization and More

Posted on May 15, 2024

Demilitarization of Police Act: Many police departments have and use military equipment like machine guns, armored vehicles, night-vision scopes, camouflage fatigues and flash-bang grenades. The Demilitarization of Police Act requires law enforcement agencies to disclose and justify the need for such equipment they own or seek to own.

Updated Rules of Persuasion: Because confirmation bias makes it difficult or impossible to change people’s beliefs, you must use beliefs already in their minds to persuade them that you are on their side. For the three basic ways to do that, see the latest IdeaLog, our blog intended to raise eyebrows and engage minds.

CitiesSpeak Podcast: This is a monthly 30-minute podcast sponsored by the National League of Cities which highlights ideas and information for cities and towns.

Detailed argument for abolishing cash bail: Last fall, Illinois became the first state to abolish cash bail through the Pretrial Fairness Act. This discussion from the Center for American Progress explains how and why the Illinois law works.

Is a Four-Day Work Week Realistic? The answer is yes, according to this article from the Albuquerque Journal, highlighted in Governing Magazine.

How to improve nonverbal presentation: An audience decides whether it likes and trusts a speaker based much more on nonverbal cues than on what is said. This chapter in Voicing Our Values explains nonverbal persuasion.