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Democratic Reform in Canada: Online Voting, Referenda, and the Governance Ecosystem #ERRE

Maryantonett Flumian, President of the IOG, appeared before Canada’s Special Committee on Electoral Reform alongside Profs. Dennis Pilon and Jonathan Rose on July 28th, 2016. The trio were asked to provide expert testimony to the committee as it reflects on electoral reform in Canada and examines the viability of alternatives to the first-past-the-post system, as well as other means of enhancing the democratic process such as mandatory voting and online voting. Discussion was lively and committee members were engaged and… Read more

Digital Governance: Rethinking the Role of Government in an Era of Disruption

Governments must recognize that their institutions, bureaucracies and policy frameworks designed for the 19th and 20th centuries are no longer meeting the needs of the 21st. The digital era represents an exponential shift in the pace of social, political and economic transformation. How governments respond to the radical changes brought on by the sharing economy and other digital age innovations will be a litmus test for the continued relevance of governing institutions, as well as their legitimacy and authority in… Read more

Digital Governance: Rethinking the Role of Government in an Era of Disruption

Power & Influence, Spring 2016, pp. 66-68. “Rather than burying their heads in the sand, governments should
seize
the opportunity to provide the leadership that the digital revolution requires.” Governments must recognize that their institutions, bureaucracies and policy frameworks designed for the 19th and 20th centuries are no longer meeting the needs of the 21st. The digital era represents an exponential shift in the pace of social, political and economic transformation. How governments respond to the radical changes brought on by the… Read more

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

IOG Supports Indonesian University Leaders

The Institute on Governance proudly delivered a 5-day intensive learning program on governance and leadership in early December to senior leaders from Indonesian universities and the Government of the Republic of Indonesia as a part of a broader four-week course that took the group across Canada. Participants learned about Canadian models of, and approaches to, governance, management and leadership in Canadian universities and benefited from site visits and meetings that gave them direct access to Canadian approaches in practice. These… Read more

IOG Research Officer Supports the World Bank Group Youth Summit

On October 7th IOG Research Officer Maria Habanikova attended the Work Bank Group Youth Summit in Washington D.C. Here is Maria’s first hand account of her experience. The Youth Summit Chair was an opportunity for 300 youth representatives, students, and young professionals to reflect on key issues affecting governance ranging from corruption, lack of transparency, and distrust in governments, and to consider youth’s capacity to strengthen the mechanisms of accountability. Research shows that youth supports open government and is interested… Read more

Institute on Governance awarded Partnership Development Grant on Digital Governance from SSHRC

As a co-applicant along with three universities (University of Victoria, Dalhousie University and OCAD University) and a private company, On Second Thought Advisory, the Institute on Governance has been awarded a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) Partnership Development grant entitled:  “Digital Governance: Transforming Government Practice for the Digital Era.” This grant will help the IOG augment its leadership role in the development of a formal national and global network that will create and promote new insights and practices in… Read more

30th anniversary of Section 35 is an opportunity to reflect on the potential for relationship building between indigenous and non-indigenous communities

Upon the 30th anniversary of the enactment of Section 35, which recognized and enshrined Aboriginal and Treaty Rights in the Canadian Constitution Act, 1982, the Institute on Governance convened a series of symposia, gathering together leaders and practitioners from Indigenous communities, public governments, and the private sector to reflect on the influence Section 35 has had on federal and provincial law, policy and decision-making and on indigenous governance.  Following on the heels of the Beyond Section 35 symposia in Ottawa in… Read more

Open Forum with Bill Eggers: Discussing the opportunities and challenges of the solution economy

The Institute on Governance and Deloitte Canada hosted renowned public policy expert William D. Eggers, co-author of the recently released book The Solution Revolution, in an open forum moderated by CBC’s Jesse Hirsch to debate the future of public policy development and what he considers to be a shift in paradigm brought by the solution economy, an economy that brings together government, the private sector, and social enterprise to build creative solutions to some of the world’s toughest problems. In The Solution… Read more

Indonesian Leaders visit IOG for Governance Training

In June, the IOG provided advanced training in democratic governance to fourteen Indonesian University leaders. The purpose of the initiative was to educate and to provide support for institutes of higher learning working towards better governance and higher levels of civic engagement. The attendees included senior members from UNI Alauddin, Makassar (UIN-M) Sunan Ampel State Islamic Institute (IAIN-S), Surabaya, and the Ministry of Religious Affairs. The Indonesian students spent six days in Ottawa in the classroom, followed by seven days… Read more

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