What Does Public Service Mean?

What we can learn from Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy

Elizabeth Spiers
GEN
Published in
3 min readFeb 28, 2022

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Like everyone else, I’ve been glued to cable news and the internet for the last few days following the events in Ukraine, and also like everyone, I’ve been awed by how Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelenskyy has risen to the occasion in a way that the world did not expect. Zelenskyy is a former comedian — a…

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Elizabeth Spiers
GEN
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Writer, NYU j-school prof, political commentator, digital strategist, ex-editor in chief of The New York Observer, founding editor of Gawker