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I thought I might finish these posts with sharing an offline exchange between myself and colleagues working on education policy. He had asked about "complexity as a framing tool" and would it have anything to offer as an approach to why some people go to higher education and others don't. I had just finished another […]
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Yesterday the Institute for Government released a series of reports on policy making in the UK. What is interesting about these reports is they reference a need for policy makers to “reconceive their role increasingly as one of creating the conditions for others to deal with policy problems using innovative and adaptive approaches”. They make […]
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After an uneventful flight from Heathrow I am back in Canada, a little jet lagged and still processing the last five days. My last set of reflections on innovation and public policy has to do with the role that public administrators might play as governments grope their way forward. The study tour in Europe prompted […]
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We are in London the next few days. I could rant about how the hotels here don't get that people expect WiFi and that the difference between Helsinki and here in WiFi access is more than amenities offerings. The last two posts are about some observations I have been making about a subject of great […]
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We have spent the day with a number of Finnish public sector people. I am always touched by the warmth and generosity of the Finns. Today was about the big challenges facing the society, a new phase of global trade that is challenging what has been a great run for this small country and an […]
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