5 Lessons Public Works Can Learn from Binge-Worthy Shows

Let’s face it: we’re all guilty of the occasional binge-watching marathon. With all of the great shows available with on Netflix, Amazon, HBO and more, it’s hard to stop watching! While these shows are extremely entertaining, they also serve a purpose. Did you know your public works department can actually learn a lot from today’s most popular, binge-worthy shows? It’s true!

Stranger Things (Netflix)

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You don’t have to be the biggest to make a big impact

In the Netflix hit show, Stranger Things, a group of middle school friends band together to fight a much larger force. At first glance, you might think that these kids are no match for a secret government organization or a sinister, faceless monster, but they prove themselves over and over again as a real force to be reckoned with.

Sometimes, it’s easy to feel small while working in the public works industry. While public works is vital to any community, it can feel like you’re working in a thankless position on most days.
If the kids from Stranger Things taught us anything, it’s that you don’t need to be big to make a major difference in your community. Next time you feel overwhelmed at work, think about everything your public works department does for your community on a daily basis. While you might not always feel appreciated, know that your hard work matters.

Luke Cage (Netflix)

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Put your community first

As one of Netflix’s newest hit shows from the Marvel universe, Luke Cage, a bulletproof man with super-strength living in Harlem, works hard to save his community from sneaky politicians and dastardly racketeers. No matter what, Cage puts the needs of his community before his own– even when it puts him in danger.

The main goal of any public works department should be to keep the community safe and happy. Do you, like Luke Cage, put the needs of your community above your own?

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Game of Thrones (HBO)

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Winter is coming

A common statement in Game of Thrones is: Winter is coming. This phrase is the official words of House Stark, one of the most honorable families in the series. This phrase is about not getting too caught up in the present day, because there could always be something dire headed your way.

While most winters don’t bring about massive armies of ice-zombies (called White Walkers) like in the Game of Thrones universe, the public works industry still has to worry about emergency preparedness. If a bad storm or other natural disaster is headed your organization’s way, the public works department needs to be prepared in order to keep the community safe.

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Westworld (HBO)

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Find a balance between the old and the new

HBO’s newest hit Westworld, based on a sci-fi movie from the 1970’s, focuses on a Wild West-style theme park filled with artificially intelligent humanoids. In this park, visitors have free reign over the Western world (and all the humanoids in it!), which leads to exciting and even dangerous situations for all involved.

Westworld didn’t become the latest binge-worthy hit for no reason. Viewers across the world love the series because of its unique mix of the classic (Westerns) and the modern (Artificial intelligence). In the public works realm, this mix of the old and the new is also helpful.

As we all know, America’s surface infrastructure is aging, and often the men and women of public works are called upon to ensure the safety and durability of these assets. Public works software exists to handle all aspects of public infrastructure management. Just like in Westworld, public works can benefit from a mix of older public infrastructure and the latest public works software solutions. To learn more about software for public works, click here.

Parks and Recreation (NBC/Netflix)

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Stay passionate about your community

Anyone who’s seen Parks and Rec knows that Leslie Knope loves her town of Pawnee, Indiana. When she isn’t chomping on waffles from JJ’s Diner or making a scrapbook for her BFF Ann Perkins, you can find Leslie working tirelessly for her community– even when facing extreme opposition.

In the show, Pawnee isn’t the healthiest of communities. They drink literal gallons of soda, eat towers of cheeseburgers and even chased a salad restaurant out of town! When Knope began a campaign to increase healthy foods and activities in Pawnee, the town fought her every step of the way; however, Knope persevered because she knew it was in her community’s best interest. In the end, she succeeded and Pawnee became a healthier place to live.

As a member of the public works industry, you know that it isn’t always rainbows and butterflies. Sometimes, you just grow frustrated with your community! But if you can learn anything from Parks and Rec, it is to stay passionate about your community– even when it’s difficult.

So next time you find yourself binge-watching Game of Thrones or Westworld, tell your boss you’re doing research for your public works department (in your spare time, of course)!

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