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Editorial Digital Issue 9

Editorial  -  Alvin Pang

In this digital edition of ETHOS, we continue to explore issues related to sustainable urban development. How might our communities continue to be thriving places in which we live, work and play, in the face of looming climate challenges and resource constraints? Featuring: Livia Tan, Wong Mun Summ, Anupam Yog, and Peter Hawkins.

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”.

The First New Synthesis Laboratory for Master Practitioners

Article  -  Jocelyne Bourgon

A groundbreaking lab for practitioners demonstrates the robustness and applicability of the New Synthesis Framework in transforming ideas about public administration and public value for the future.

The Value of Values in the Singapore Public Service

Article  -  Ghalpanah Thangaraju, Keith Tan

The transformation of the Public Service must also involve thoughtful reinvigoration of the values it stands for.

Public Engagement: The Gap between Rhetoric and Practice

Opinion  -  Kenneth Paul Tan

Deeply ingrained habits and structures may have to be shed before a more productive relationship can develop between the state and the public.

Editorial Issue 15

Editorial  -  Alvin Pang

Of the key constituents of society, the public sector is the most directly accountable, through the various institutions of state and the political process, to the people and the national good.

Transformative Alliance: Interview with Adam Kahane

Interview  -  Adam Kahane

To resolve complex problems, we must cooperate across conventional boundaries to co-create the future, not just adapt to it, argues the foresight veteran.