What is Public Service culture?

Oct. 2013 UPDATE:  You may also be interested in this post which delves a little deeper into the idea of public service culture and Gov 2.0.

I am preparing to facilitate a workshop on overcoming cultural roadblocks to Web 2.0 at the Social Media in Government conference in Ottawa on Sept 27-03.  As part of the background for the discussion, I am trying to synthesize three things.

  1. A working definition of culture
  2. A description of the existing and emergent culture in Public Service (Federal, Provincial and Municipal)
  3. A description of a future culture that we can aspire to create within our sphere’s of influence.

We have had some twitter exchanges about #2 and to provide a little more detail for those that are interested, here are 4 early stage slides for your perusal and comment.

I look forward to exploring this area with you.

Also if you mention my name or code SPK you can save $400 on the conference.


About Thom Kearney

Change agent, teacher, arts, science, open government, father, mentor, storyteller, husband, dog owner,collaborator, not necessarily in that order.
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2 Responses to What is Public Service culture?

  1. Ralph Mercer says:


    I’m be interested to know how you answer the culture piece. I’m presently researching and writing a paper on SM (effects)on Military Culture and it’s the culture piece that is most difficult to pin down..

    Have fun and stay curious, Ralph


    • Thom Kearney says:

      Agreed the culture thing is tough to pin down. Marketers play in this space a lot and I hope to be able to transfer some of that knowledge into relevant approaches to influencing PS organizational cultures. I will keep everyone posted as iterations develop.


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