The Peanut Principle
Government Action, Public Space, and Private Behavior
The Rappaport Public Service Lecture series offers a forum to explore a wide range of issues facing the region. Held at the historic Old South Meeting House, the lecture series will present new visions for issues such as public order, the environment, civic capital, and the built environment of the region. The Rappaport Public Service Lecture series is sponsored by the Rappaport Institute for Greater Boston. The first Rappaport Public Service lecture took place on October 29, 2001. Thomas M. Keane, Jr. offered his thoughts on the "peanut principle" - the idea that small acts often produce important impacts on public order and the public imagination. Keane, a former member of the Boston City Council, is a partner at Murphy and Partners, a venture capital firm based in New York. He writes a weekly column for the Boston Heraldand is active on a wide range of civic issues.