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Rufus Pollock

The “open” rhetoric … are we hearing more of the same?

On Monday evening I went to a talk given by Rufus Pollock of the Open Knowledge Foundation (OKF) at the University of Sydney. Pollock had, quite literally, just got off the plane for a whistle-stop “down-under tour” of Australia, and he did well to respond to questions and give an overview of the OKF to what […]

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Hands held open to display receptiveness to God

Please Sir, I want some more!

Yesterday I attended a focus group hosted by Creative Partnerships Australia, a new entity which is “building on the work done by its predecessors, the Australia Business Arts Foundation (AbaF) and Artsupport Australia to encourage and facilitate private sector support for the arts”. There were three focus groups held at the Australia Council with the […]

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Government as a “social machine”

“Real life is and must be full of all kinds of social constraint – the very processes from which society arises. Computers can help if we use them to create abstract social machines on the Web: processes in which the people do the creative work and the machine does the administration … The stage is […]

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City Hall

Intelligent governance for the 21st Century

A couple of weeks ago I went to the RSA in London for “How to Govern Intelligently for the 21st Century”, a discussion with investor and philanthropist Nicolas Berggruen, president and chairman, the Nicolas Berggruen Institute, and Nathan Gardels, Editor, New Perspectives Quarterly, of their recently published book. One of the delights of London is […]

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What do we really mean by “engage”?

I recently had brunch with some old friends in Melbourne, both of whom are middle-aged working Mums, are highly educated, work in areas close to government, and are keen observers of society as a whole. As is so often the case with people who are at the same life-stage our conversation turned to Australia’s political […]

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The importance of having a seat at the table…

Over the past couple of weeks I have had the pleasure of working with Peter Thompson on three ANZSOG programmes: two lunch-time Applied Learning workshops in New Zealand; and this week, our “Managing Public Communications” two day Executive Workshop held in Canberra.  My presentation can be found here. Each event drew upon work that Peter […]

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Trinity College Dublin, Ireland taken in 2015

If only these walls could speak…

TheLong Room, Trinity College, Dublin “Serendipity – the lucky tendency to find interesting things by chance in a happy or beneficial way.”  (The Serendipity Cafe, Cork, Ireland) There is nothing like wandering around ancient cities that have witnessed the destruction, chaos and devastation of major conflicts to reinforce the importance of the relationship between governance […]

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The emerging value of Web Science

The emerging value of Web Science

“I have no way of judging of the future but by the present.”  (Edward Gibbon) In my last blog I wrote about “Gov 2.0” and, in particular, my conviction that “Gov 2.0” is not about tools and technologies – it is about “reinventing government for the digital age”. Two weeks ago I attended the Web […]

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Gov 2.0 as a mindset of reinvention… and opportunity

Over the past month I have had numerous conversations with people from all over Europe which relate to the changing nature of government in the twenty first century. Of those, the most interesting are those which recognise that the changing concept of “governance”, “government” and “the governed” is about organisational systems and human processes, group […]

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NZ Beehive

FutureGov – New Zealand style

Last week saw the first New Zealand “FutureGov”. Hosted by Alphabet Media, this one day event was very similar to others that I have participated in and had the familiar mix of keynotes, rotating “themed” tables, and senior level participants. However, as I am learning with “all things New Zealand”, this was much more about […]

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