Defining Problems in Complex Times

Unique joint offering The Governance Lab at New York University (GovLab) and the Institute on Governance (IOG) are growing the public sector solution space in Canada by introducing a unique joint offering into the public sector marketplace. Two-day deep dive on problem definition This offering – a two-day, deep-dive workshop on problem definition – is consistent with the latest approaches to design-thinking. Its purpose is to help participants think more critically about the problem they are trying to solve, maximize… Read more

Digital Governance Forum Opening Panel Video Available

By all accounts the IOG hosted Digital Governance Forum was a resounding success. The opening panel – which featured a discussion on democracy in the digital era with Gerald Butts, Brad Lavigne and Tim Powers, moderated by Justin Ling – commanded the audience’s attention for a full two hours. Panelists explored the challenges and opportunities associated with digital era governance from the perspective of political insiders in the lead up to the 2015 federal election. Clearly the discussion was of interest… Read more

IOG Hosts the Digital Governance Forum

Digital Governance: Defining Westminster Democracy for the Digital Era A forum hosted by the Digital Governance Partnership “Digital governance is the central challenge facing governing institutions in the coming decades where no one owns information, power is dispersed and authority and accountability need to be reconceived.” January 28-29, 2015 Ottawa – Two forces – digital and governance – are meeting like tectonic plates, shifting the landscape and giving rise to new peaks and valleys around key governance questions that all… Read more

What is Transformation All About? – CAPAM Article

IOG President Maryantonett Flumian and Senior Research Officer Nicholas Charney co-wrote an article in the most recent Commonwealth Innovations Review entitled “What is transformation all about?” reproduced below. You can download the entire review at The ultra-fluid consumer experiences created by market leaders such as Google and Amazon are driving up the demand for seamless citizen experience. While citizens can’t be reduced to consumers – the former implies far more than the latter – how people form their expectations and how… Read more

To Everything There is a Season – CGE Cover Story

IOG President Maryantonett Flumian and Senior Research Officer Nicholas Charney co-wrote this month’s Canadian Government Executive Magazine Cover Story, reproduced below with permission. Destination 2020, a groundbreaking report released in May, is the result of the most extensive public service consultation process ever about the future of the Public Service of Canada. At the head of this huge transformation is Wayne Wouters, Clerk of the Privy Council and Secretary to Cabinet, who took the necessary risk to pursue this project,… Read more

Join us at IOG for Open Data Open Mic Night

The Institute on Governance is proud to support Open Data Day by hosting an Open Data Open Mic. February 22, 2014 | 6pm – 8 pm | 60 George Street, 2nd Floor, Ottawa Join participants from the Open Data hackathon at the University of Ottawa,  Local alumni of GTEC 2013 Open Data Speed Dating and the Open Data for Development Challenge, the Government of Canada Open Data Working Group, and other local open data enthusiasts to discuss the year that… Read more

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