Consent-Building Clinic #88
The Real Difference between
Public vs. Private-Sector Work
What’s the Key Difference?
It’s not the audience.
It’s not your constricted budget or resources.
It’s not needing to get buy-in from stakeholders.
It’s not even the need to develop Informed Consent!
There’s a World of Difference between
Private vs. Public-Sector Work
Many consultants and technical experts figure they can slide back and forth between the private and public-sector realms since many of the problems addressed are exactly the same.
However, the difference becomes imminent when solutions to the problems come under fierce attack,
even when the technical work is your very best.
Often cynicism about the project’s “legitimacy”, or even that of the organization, rises.
Others vocalize concerns about citizens’ “rights” and the agency’s “responsibilities.
This is where the key differences lie.
If you don’t understand them, they’ll catch you off guard and sink your best problem-solving efforts.