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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.

Talent Management in Asia: Four Perspectives — A Singapore Human Capital Summit Plenary

Conversation  -  Israel Berman, Peter Cappelli, Ho Kwon Ping, Kan Trakulhoon

Experts and business leaders share insights on the challenges of managing talent in Asia today.

Simulations, Exercises and Games in the Civil Service

Article  -  Peter Ho

The former Head of Civil Service makes a case for policy gaming as a means to anchor learning, reduce surprise and surface diverse perspectives.

New Capabilities in Strategic Leadership: Insights from Singapore

Opinion  -  Sheila Ronis

Singapore’s experience holds lessons for the establishment of robust, future-oriented national strategy frameworks elsewhere.

The New Synthesis: Preparing Government for the Challenges of the 21st Century

Article  -  Jocelyne Bourgon

The New Synthesis Framework expands the concept and practice of governance beyond traditional boundaries of public administration.

Civil Service College: Preparing the Public Service for the Future

Opinion  -  Lim Siong Guan, Peter Ho, Peter Ong, Leo Yip

Four top public service leaders, including the current Head, Civil Service, reflect on the role of the Civil Service College in nurturing a robust, cogent and future-ready public sector in Singapore.

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.

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.