Apr 24, 2014

Adjunct Professor Launches Blog on Compassionate Civilization

A new blog by Robertson Work, Adjunct Professor of Public Administration at NYU Wagner, shares his writings and musings on what he identifies as an emerging civilization of compassion based on principles of sustainability, equality, justice, participation and tolerance.

The posts so far include his recent keynotes at UN global conferences as well as his thoughts on: 1) our time of crisis and opportunity; 2) an emerging compassionate civilization; 3) innovative leadership approaches needed that are facilitative, creative and integral; and 4) what we each can do to effect changes required in individual mindsets and behavior and collective culture and systems.

Professor Work teaches Innovative Leadership for Sustainable Human Development, Strategic Management, and International Capstone. He was formerly UNDP principal policy advisor on decentralized governance.  Between January and March of this year,  he provided consulting services for UN Habitat - in Nairobi, Kenya, he helped strengthen a global UN program on land tenure for the poor by providing organizational development of the Secretariat; at the University of Aruba, he taught the first seminar in a yearlong post-grad certificate course for educators in collaborative leadership; and at Oklahoma City University, he delivered the keynote address at a creative peacemaking symposium.

What's new at NYU Wagner?



  • WAGTalk: Daniel Smith, “Why Do Cities Go Bankrupt?”

    Professor Dan Smith discusses three of the biggest municipal bankruptcies in U.S. history: Detroit, Michigan; Jefferson County, Alabama; and Stockton, California.
  • WAGTalk: Ingrid Gould Ellen, “Preserving History or Hindering Progress”

    The preservation of historic neighborhoods has been the subject of controversy in New York City and in cities around the country. Professor Ingrid Ellen sheds light on this debate.
    Urban Planning
  • WAGTalk: Jonathan Morduch, “U.S. Financial Diaries”

    The U.S. Financial Diaries project tracked the financial behaviors of 250 low-income American households. Professor Jonathan Morduch discusses how public policy and the private sector can create financial options for households working hard to get ahead.
  • NYU Wagner's 75th Celebration

    On June 12, 2014, NYU Wagner celebrated 75 years of public service education.
  • WAGTalk: John Billings, “Improving Care for High Cost/ High Risk Patients”

    Professor John Billings presents research that aims to identify and improve care for high cost/high risk Medicaid patients.