Bureaucracy is a peculiar thing. It’s the place where things get done — or not done at all — and it’s where most Americans feel completely helpless to get things done in a timely manner. I don’t know how it is in other countries, but in America at least, bureaucracy is a big reason why things are exactly the way they are when they should be different.

That’s not to say however that things don’t ever get done. They do, and when things flow smoothly it’s always at least a surprise to me. Photographer Jan Bannings along with writer Will Tinnemans visited a bunch of government offices around the world unannounced to see what it is exactly that gets government moving along. There’s no official statement, but I wonder if it’s the case that the messier the office, the less that gets done there. Check out the photos inside or at this link.

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