Conference report – culture, SNA and failure

IMG_20181121_100242Yesterday I was part of a panel at the Conference Board event on Public Service Transformation with Virginie Carrier, Senior Strategist, Future Workforce Strategies, DND, and Teresa D’Andrea, Director, GC Digital Exchange, Office of the Chief Information Officer of Canada, TBS.  

The topic was the Complexities and Opportunities of Culture Change and we went through a series of questions, the supporting deck is here.  I had one little epiphany in preparation for the session which I tweeted about, it might be worth some further discussion if you are interested in theory of change stuff. 

theory of change

The event was held on the 4th floor of the Museum of Nature and there were about 90 people there and some interesting speakers.  

I caught two of the speakers:

John Burrett, President of Haiku Analytics did a presentation on Using Network Analysis to Map and Drive Change. He closed with a very cool animated diagram of the day in a life of 1000 Americans, check it out.


The second speaker was Andrew Graham, Professor, School of Policy Studies at Queen’s University. A former Public Servant turned academic Andrew has been researching failure and had a very interesting session on the Architecture of Failure—Why Learning How to Fail is a Necessary Step on the Path to Success. I tweeted out some highlights and he closed with a long list of Cognitive Bias Cheat Sheet and what some strategies for reducing the probability of catastrophic failure.

tools to reduce failure

If you are into any of this stuff I am happy to chat.


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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