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The Challenge of Public Communications

Review  -  Vernie Oliveiro

In an episode of the BBC television series The Thick of It, a Minister is tasked with announcing to a classroom of teenagers a new policy encouraging young people to develop mobile phone apps. The problem is twofold: first, the Minister does not know the policy, and second, the Minister is something of a Luddite who cannot tell the difference between “downloading” and “uploading”.

Pro Tip: How to Manage a Team for the First Time

Pro Tip  -  Jason Bay

Jason Bay suggests ways to approach the daunting task of becoming a team leader or manager for the first time.

National Resilience: Developing a Whole-of-Society Response

Article  -  Charles Ng

A more robust society begins with clarity about shared priorities, risks, constraints and capabilities.

Inclusive and Iterative Governance

Roundtable  -  Abdul Mutalib Pehin Dato Yusof, Bui Teh Giang

Two distinguished participants from Singapore’s 6th Leaders in Governance Programme discuss income inequality, talent and governance which balances the needs of the public with the challenges of the future.

Strategic in Outlook, Nimble in Execution: Strengthening the Centre in Government

Article  -  Ng Chee Khern

To stay strategic in outlook and nimble in execution, the Singapore Armed Forces restructured its chain of command. Should the rest of the public sector follow suit?

Managing Complexity and Uncertainties

Article  -  Lam Chuan Leong

Governments should make provisions for increasingly unpredictable and disruptive outcomes in the future, argues Lam Chuan Leong, Senior Fellow at the Centre for Governance and Leadership.

Opinion: Identities and Institutions—The Needs of a New Era

Opinion  -  Catherine Fieschi

Political scientist Catherine Fieschi believes that new institutions need to be fashioned in order to help societies and communities recreate meaning and purpose in light of new and emerging forms of identities.

Opinion: Futures Literacy — Embracing Complexity and Using the Future

Opinion  -  Riel Miller

If policymakers want to address complexity, they must define and then use the future more effectively, argues futurist Riel Miller.

Opinion: Global Talent: The War Goes On

Opinion  -  Pushp Deep Gupta

In 2008, Hewitt Associates was commissioned by Singapore's Ministry of Manpower to conduct wide-ranging research on current and future talent challenges with a special focus on Asia. In this article, they highlight key findings from their research.

Nudging Towards The Good: In Conversation with Gus O'Donnell

Interview  -  Gus O’Donnell

The former Head of the Home Civil Service in the UK discusses behavioural approaches to public engagement, policymaking and sound values for the civil service.