It’s been emotional….. do public servants have enough time and space to reflect?


Another excellent research blog post from the 21st Century Public Servant team.

Originally posted on 21st Century Public Servant:

21CPS_Relational-reflectiveThe future shape of public service that we have described throughout our research is one where structures are fragmenting, citizens demand authentic interactions, careers require much greater self-management, commerciality and publicness must be reconciled and expectations of leadership are dispersed across the organisation. To cope with this, the workforce will need time and space for public servants to reflect. However, many of our 21st public servant research interviewees said that more value is placed on activity rather than reflection and this leads to risk aversion and lack of innovation: ‘We put huge amount of store in activity and need to get better at valuing reflection, anticipating. The risk is if we focus on here and now we may not be able to transform and innovate. How do you slow it all down?’

Another said: You need spaces where you take yourself apart and sort it out with the fact…

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Recap on Deliberative Systems workshop at CSD, Nov 2014

Originally posted on pdd:

Thanks very much to Graham Smith for organising and hosting last week’s workshop on Deliberative Systems at CSD in Westminster (though unfortunately Graham was laid low with a bug and could not be there himself!) There was a very good turnout and lots of interesting debate and discussion. What follows below is an attempt to briefly summarize the highlights. The essence of the workshop was to critically engage with the systemic turn in deliberative democracy. The speakers (and, for the most part, the audience) were all largely sympathetic to the systems idea but each focused on a particular problem or concern that this turn raises for deliberative democratic theory and research (see abstracts at Deliberative systems presentations).*

Perhaps the most sceptical account was William Smith’s—one that aligns in this sense with Graham Smith and David Owen’s account (see here) that unfortunately couldn’t be delivered. For (William) Smith, the…

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Publication of the Birmingham University INLOGOV report on the 21st Century Public Servant

Originally posted on 21st Century Public Servant:

an image of qualities that 21st century public servant will have

For many months this site has been sharing ideas and information in support of research on the 21st Century Public Servant – carried out principally by Dr Catherine Needham and Catherine Mangan with support from Helen Dickinson, Liz Haydon from the Public Service Academy and funding from the ESRC.

Today the report is published and you can download it here. 

This evening there will be a launch event in Birmingham with a range of guests and participants – including  Mark Rogers – the chief executive of Birmingham City Council – and currently chair of Solace and Sally Bourner who is leading future design work.

In his introduction to the report Mark says…

…it has become clearer and clearer to me that our raison d’etre is the business
of making (either through our own actions and/or the actions of others) a positive difference to people’s lives. No…

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13 Citizen Engagement Stories from Around the World

Originally posted on DemocracySpot:

Orçamento Participativo 2015/2016 é aberto na região Leste
The Journal of Field Actions, together with Civicus, has just published a special issue “Stories of Innovative Democracy at the Local Level: Enhancing Participation, Activism and Social Change Across the World.” When put together, the 13 articles provide a lively illustration of the wealth of democratic innovations taking place around the world.

  • Katherine R. Knobloch, John

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Schulson: Why not select Congress by lottery?

Originally posted on Equality by lot:

Michael Schulson has published an article about sortition in The Daily Beast. Schulson’s presentation is short but hits several important notes. It is certainly a good candidate for being the proverbial good three-minute introduction to sortition.

Is It Time to Take a Chance on Random Representatives?

If you’re looking for an unrepresentative group of Americans, the House of Representatives isn’t a bad place to start. Its members are disproportionately old and white. More than 80 percent of them are men. They spend around four hours per day on the phone, asking people for money. Unlike most other telemarketers, they have a median net worth of almost $900,000. More than a third of them hold law degrees.

Last Tuesday, not much changed. Once again, the American people went to the polls and elected a group of people who, in aggregate, only vaguely resemble the American people.

The problem isn’t new…

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Elect leaders by lottery suggests David Van Reybrouck

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The Soapbox feature on BBC2 Daily Politics was today (29/10/2014) handed to Dutch historian David Van Reybrouck.

Electing leaders via a lottery may be a crazy idea, but it is being carried out now in parts of Europe, says a Belgian author and academic. David Van Reybrouck said with trust in politicians at a record low, and party memberships and the number of voters falling, it could be an idea to renew interest in politics again. He said lotteries have been a longer-standing tool of democracy than elections, which he claims could be an “obstacle to democracy”, and only been around for 200 years.

Full version with Q&A starting at 01:16:45. Truncated YouTube version.

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‘Scots deliberate': Watch it (again)!

Originally posted on pdd:

The PDD Hangout on Scotland’s #indyref was a fantastic discussion. Those of you who missed it can view it below (and those who enjoyed it can view it again). Thanks again to our panellists Pennie Taylor, Andy Thompson, Paul Cairney, and Ali Stoddart – and apologies to Willie Sullivan who did his level best to get this somewhat sketchy technology to work! The conversation will continue with a summary to come on the blog in the next couple of days, but feel free to carry it on via Twitter and elsewhere to.

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