Beat Bureaucracy

About us

Beat Bureaucracy is a non-commercial public service website that provides strategic advice to people struggling with bureaucratic obstacles. We should insist that bureaucracies, whether in government or the private sector, be accessible and fair.

My name is Barry Growe and I am a bureaucrat. For 28 years I worked as a middle manager for a non-profit organization. I have also experienced bureaucracies from the outside looking in. When my wife became disabled with Fibromyalgia, we applied for government financial assistance. On two occasions we fought lengthy battles before receiving support. I have also won and lost with the bureaucracies of airlines and bus, telemarketing and insurance companies.

In addition to writing this website, I offer workshops on how to beat bureaucracy to people with low incomes and to community organizers in Vancouver, B.C., Canada.

Anti-bureaucratic behaviour we oppose

  • Scammers who make deceitful claims for assistance; they poison the environment in which honest clients and honest bureaucrats interact
  • Generalized attacks on the integrity of all bureaucrats, most of whom are hard-working people who genuinely want to help
  • Scapegoating bureaucracies for everything we don't like about government regulation. Sure, let's scrap excessive paperwork and micromanaging regulations. But we must keep efficient regulation that protects the public. We need effective bureaucracy, not zero bureaucracy

  • Contributors

    This website is a collaborative effort.

    Art  Dennis Wagner

    Contributing writer  Jack Messinger

    Editorial advice  Randy Ormston, Nancy Butler, Jack Messinger, Janet Rogers, Lindsey Cook

    Reviewers  Adam Growe, Alan Bates, Andy Nagorski, Bruce Brand, Cam Matheson, Catherine Hembling, Cathy Brown, Don Shropshire, Erlinda Lintag, Ian Cook, Jackie Bentz, Janis Watson, Jenny Moss, Jerry Growe, Judy Levine, Judy Walker, Linda Shuto

    Art credits  The Voice for School Choice, South Carolina (Paper Towers); Luis Quintanilla (Gulliver's Travels)

    Article credit "Case 4206" The Vancouver Sun