Author Archives: Thom Kearney

About Thom Kearney

Change agent, teacher, arts, science, open government, father, mentor, storyteller, husband, dog owner,collaborator, not necessarily in that order.

Collaboration eh? 

In honour of the FWD50 conference taking place in Ottawa this week, here is a post that seems relevant to the conference theme of “Use technology to make society better for all”. It is a post about yesterday, today and … Continue reading

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Service & Program people can I buy you a coffee?

This post is directed to those of you that identify as a service or program person working in government. Not too long ago I moved from Open Government Engagement to take on the role of Lead for Learning in Policy … Continue reading

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GSRM for Digital Service Delivery?

This is a quick post to share some work that was done by the Enterprise Architecture Division of the Chief Information Branch of the Government of Canada back in 2006. I became aware of it at a conference entitled Transforming … Continue reading

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The Crowded Boardroom: When the long tail collides with hierarchy – a true story.

This not a random picture, it is how I envision the government. Each ship is a department or agency. The ships have commanders with considerable authority. Communication at a distance is very bad, (they did it with flags). Groups of … Continue reading

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It’s time to explain the cow…

It’s about listening At the beginning of this year, I was deep into engagement around creating Canada’s next plan for open government. As part of this process, I was promoting events on the twitter and one of my tweets caught … Continue reading

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The Chatham House Party report

I was reminded this morning of Blueprint 2020 and the Chatham House party that we organized back in 2013. Reviewing the blog posts from back in the day, I notice that it looks like I never wrote the follow up bit, … Continue reading

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Becoming a free agent

After more than three years with the Open Government team, the time has come to try out a new path. Recently I was accepted into the Free Agent program in the Government of Canada. This program is intended to help government  deliver … Continue reading

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So today I put my best friend down

And I hope someone will do the same for me. This is probably the hardest thing I have done, and that includes taking my mother off of life support. Tomorrow at 3:00 an animal doctor and her assistant will come … Continue reading

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Perennially broken but OK for now?

As some of you know I share my current life with a couple of beautiful animals. The Golden Retrievers Otis and Saul.  They consume a fair amount of food and about a decade ago I purchased a large plastic bin … Continue reading

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The sausage and the salad

Traditional government policy results in sausages. Open policy making produces salads. Continue reading

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