Denver: We are going to do Take 5 right now with Max Stier, the President and CEO of the Partnership for Public Service. Are you ready Max?
Max: I’m as ready as I’ll ever be.
Denver: What idea in philanthropy is ready for retirement?
Max: That you have to be able to show quantitative metrics for everything.
Denver: What should we be worried about?
Max: We should be worried about the state of our government because it’s fundamental to the health our democracy.
Denver: What is your favorite documentary or movie?
Max: I love… Pan’s Labyrinth!
Denver: What is today’s most underreported story?
Max: The fact that our government is doing wonderful things even while President Trump is causing lots of challenges.
Denver: What is something you believe that other people think is just insane?
Max: I believe that we can make the government an effective organization.
Denver: What is something really weird or unsettling that happens to you on a regular basis?
Max: I don’t watch any television or play any video games.
Denver: What have you changed your mind about on for the last ten years and why?
Max: I don’t think I do change my mind.
Denver: When is the last time that you were voluntarily disconnected from all your devices?
Max: I took a trip to the Galápagos and that was phenomenal and well worth disconnecting for.
Denver: If you were a kitchen utensil what would you be?
Max: I’d be the stove.
Denver: What do you wish people would be more open and honest about?
Max: Communicating around tough issues.
Denver: If you were to start your career all over again to do something completely different in away from this field, what would it be?
Max: Be a park ranger.
Denver: If you could have one gigantic billboard anywhere with anything on it, what would it say, Max?
Max: Go to www.ourpublicservice.org
Denver: What is something, whether related to your work or not, that you are just so excited about in the moment?
Max: I love reading to my kids and that is the best.
Denver: What is the one book you would give as a gift?
Max: Thinking Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman.
Denver: Given a choice of anyone famous in the world, whether dead or alive, who you could have come over to your house as a dinner guess, who would you invite?
Max: Daniel Kahneman.
Denver: What advice would you give to your 25-year old self?
Max: Don’t sweat things you can’t control.
Denver: What is the worst advice you see being dispensed to young people today?
Max: Plan your lives.
Denver: And finally, do you have quote you live your life by or think of often?
Max: “And this above all: to thine own self, be true”