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Singapore as Innovation Nation

Conversation  -  John Kao

Ethos speaks to innovation thought leader John Kao who argues that innovative capacity can and should be cultivated as a national strategy.

The Growth of Asian Cities

Article  -  Bindu N. Lohani

As the main economic engines of growth, Asian cities are increasingly challenged to ensure sustainability while reaping the benefits of urbanisation.

Governance at the Leading Edge: Black Swans, Wild Cards, and Wicked Problems

Article  -  Peter Ho

At the 2008 Strategic Perspectives Conference, Head of Civil Service Peter Ho traced the evolution of contemporary public sector practice. He concludes that while the Public Service has successfully adopted best practices from the private sector and elsewhere in the past, these are not enough to ensure good governance as we move into an unpredictable and complex future. In the following excerpt, he highlights the nature of the challenges ahead and argues that Singapore must develop its own new brand of governance in order to manage these critical uncertainties and generate original solutions to the wicked problems of our time.

Using Data to Create Better Government

Opinion  -  Diaan-Yi Lin, Vidhya Ganesan

​Public agencies in Singapore and elsewhere have already begun to use data analytics to transform public policy thinking and delivery.

Public Diplomacy: An Emerging New Normal in Foreign Policy

Opinion  -  Premarani Somasundram

States must now learn to shape the context in which their policies are perceived by foreign publics in order to achieve national goals.

Embracing Complexity in Healthcare

Opinion  -  Aaron Maniam, Clive Tan

In a complex environment where centralised planning has limited effectiveness, simple rules may allow the system to evolve organically towards shared goals.

The Digital Social Contract and e-Legitimacy

Opinion  -  Max Everest-Phillips

New institutions are needed to manage both the potential and risks of digital technologies that will reshape our societies and how they are governed.

Governance Amid Technological Disruption: A Vision for an Agile Public Service

Article  -  Daniel Lim Yew Mao, Chan Chi Ling

A more agile, iterative and inclusive approach to policymaking and problem solving can help the public sector keep pace with change.

Developing a Liveable and Sustainable Singapore

Article  -  Toh Boon Kwan

Singapore’s developmental success is underpinned by principled approaches to the ubiquitous challenges of urban governance.

Governance in an Age of Uncertainty

Opinion  -  Terence Poon

How should public policymaking and service delivery adapt to an era of greater uncertainty and complexity?