Welcome to 2020 eh?


#OtisSez Welcome to 2020 eh?

At the end of 2019 I concluded an assignment with the very talented folks at the Policy Community Partnership Office. In my time there I explored the policy process within the GC and co-created a new framework for learning about policy along with a new 2 day course. I delved into topics, curriculum and learning approaches. Created some information architecture built some prototypes. I experienced enlightenment, pivots, passion, frustration and the 12 steps of why. I met tons of really smart folks and I learned a lot.

As 2020 begins I will be starting a new project, more on that if and when the paperwork comes through. In the meantime I thought I would share some reflections on what I might like to do in the new year. Some of this applies to the project I have coming up, but much of it also could apply to future projects in the next fiscal.

I would like to work on an open project. Maybe a prototype of some sort. Maybe a provocative presentation or video. Definitely something to support positive change. I would like to use evidence and data and apply critical thinking. I would like to work with a multi-disciplinary, teleworking friendly team with as little drama as possible. I would like to create little stories to support culture change.  I would like to be part of an agile network.

There is a whole lot of “I” in that paragraph, but the most important thing is what we can do together. If you have a project in mind that I could help out with, I would love to chat. If you don’t have a project in mind, I have some ideas 🙂

The listening machine prototype
Build on previous work to collect and quickly distill meaning from large amounts of qualitative engagement data.  Establish a standard for consultation data.

AI for policy formation
Prospect for data and opportunities to demonstrate the value of  AI/BigData to policy formulation/implementation/evaluation/improvement. Demonstrate a high value use case. Communicate the possible through a provocation paper or other means.

Any kind of collective curation effort
Seems to me that we could be doing a much better job of capturing and sharing key knowledge from across the public service ecosystem. For many topics I believe there are willing partners who just need some dedicated leadership.

These ideas are just starting points, if they happen to align with something you need to do that would be great, but I am open to talking about any project where I can provide value. Let’s chat and see if we can find some synergies.  

What is the Free Agent Program? 

It is an efficient way for you as a manager to get short term project help.

The Free Agents are a new model for workplace mobility in the Government of Canada that supports managers looking to rapidly and easily acquire top talent to support their short-term project needs.

You can find out more about the program and details on acquiring Free Agents by visiting the GCcollab group.

All the best to you and yours in 2020.

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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