Good Government Book Club

Every few months, the Good Government Book Club (GGBC) meets to discuss topics not limited to government performance, equity, innovation, citizen engagement, education, and all-encompassing strategies for good government. The meetings are free and open to all City employees.

In this relaunch, GGBC is excited to announce that discussions will not only be centered around books, but will now include additional media such as podcasts, documentaries, and digital newspaper series.

The GGBC has been featured in Governing Magazine and also in the Baltimore Sun!

GGBC Upcoming Events: 

Next meeting To Be Announced!

Previous Selections:

Baltimore revisited: stories of inequality & resistance in a us city

Baltimore Revisted: Stories of Inequality and Resistance in a US City 

Edited by Dr. P. Nicole King, Kate Drabinski, and Joshua Clark Davis 

City on the Line: How Baltimore Transformed Its Budget to Beat the Great  Recession and Deliver Outcomes

City on the Line 

Andrew Kleine, Former Budget Director 


The Black Butterfly / "Urban Cipher" Game

Dr. Lawrence Brown

Fighting to Breathe by Nicole Fabricant

Fighting to Breathe: Race, Toxicity, and the Rise of Youth Activism in Baltimore
Dr. Nicole Fabricant, Towson University Professor of Anthropology

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Integrating Data. Justin Elszasz Chief Data Officer. City of Baltimore, MD.

Leveraging Data within Local Government Podcast, #553 “Integrating Data” with Chief Data Officer, Justin Elszasz.       

Mayor - Best Job in Politics

Mayor: The Best Job In Politics by the Honorable Michael A. Nutter

Color of Law

The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America by Richard Rothstein 


Nudge: Improving Decisions About Health, Wealth, and Happiness by Richard Thaler and Cass R. Sunstein

comeback cities

Comeback Cities: A Blueprint For Urban Neighborhood Revival by Paul Grogan and Tony Proscio

predictably irrational

Predictably Irrational: The Hidden Forces That Shape Our Decisions by Dan Ariely

Peak Performance

Peak Performance by Brian Elms and J.B. Wogan

Leaders Eat Last

Leaders Eat Last by Simon Sinek

Boys in the Boat

The Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown

A More Beautiful Question

A More Beautiful Question by Warren Berger

The Solution Revolution cover

The Solution Revolution by William Eggers and Paul MacMillan

The Ethics of Dissent cover

The Ethics Of Dissent: Managing Guerrilla Government by Rosemary O’Leary

Drive cover

Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us by Daniel H. Pink

Responsive City cover

The Responsive City by Stephen Goldsmith & Susan Crawford

Fifth Discipline cover

The Fifth Discipline by Peter Senge

Prayer for the City cover

A Prayer For The City by Buzz Bissinger

Moneyball cover

Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game by Michael Lewis

Human Side of Budgeting cover

The Human Side of Budgeting: Budget Games and How to End Them by Scott Lazenby

Change or Die cover

Change or Die: The Three Keys to Change at Work and in Life by Alan Deutschman

Citizenville cover

Citizenville by Gavin Newsom /w Lisa Dickey

Extreme Gov't Makeover cover

Extreme Government Makeover by Ken Miller

If We Can Put A Man On the Moon cover

If We Can Put A Man On the Moon…Getting Big Things Done In Government by William Eggers and John O’Leary

Triumph of the City cover

Triumph of the City by Edward Glaeser

Many Unhappy Returns cover

Many Unhappy Returns: One Man’s Quest To Turn Around The Most Unpopular Organization in America by Charles O. Rossotti

Trying Hard is Not Good Enough cover

Trying Hard is Not Good Enough by Mark Friedman

Made to Stick cover

Made to Stick by Chip and Dan Heath

Ten Faces of Innovation cover

The Ten Faces of Innovation: IDEO's Strategies for Defeating the Devil's Advocate and Driving Creativity Throughout Your Organization by Tom Kelley and Jonathan Littman