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Asia 2035: Five Takes

Conversation  -  Selina Ho, Phred Dvorak, Marina Jose Kaneti, Kanti Bajpai, Adam Yao Liu

Observers convened by the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy agree China will play a dominant role in Asia’s future, but predict a variety of potential outcomes.

The Challenge of Growth

Interview  -  Paul Romer

Noted economist Paul Romer, proponent of the New Growth Theory, assesses the role of the public sector in sustaining growth in Singapore and the wider Asian region.

Editorial Issue 21

Editorial  -  Vernie Oliveiro, Aaron Maniam

With Singapore’s ambition to be a Smart Nation, what does it really mean to be “smart” these days? This issue explores the apparent tensions and trade-offs that both underpin and animate Singapore’s Smart Nation efforts.

Bringing Data into the Heart of Digital Government

Article  -  Daniel Lim Yew Mao

In a digital era, governments must be more data-driven in decision-making, and work with citizens differently.

Opinion: Singapore's Economic Growth Model: Too Much or Too Little?

Opinion  -  Linda Lim

Can Singapore’s state-heavy growth model be sustained in the long term, especially after the systemic shock and global rebalancing of the current financial crisis?

Planning and Innovation for City Success

Interview  -  Alan Altshuler

In this interview, Professor Alan Altshuler of Harvard University discusses the attributes of a successful city and compares the city success of Singapore with US cities.

Rethinking Incentives for the Downturn

Article  -  Stephen Choo

Management approaches that engage and enable employees are needed more than ever in a downturn, argues Hay Group’s Stephen Choo.

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.

Roundtable: How Technology is Transforming the Public Sector

Roundtable  -  Mr Declan Hughes, Ms Anna Roy, Dato Paduka Ahmaddin Haji Abdul Rahman

In this edition of the Ethos Roundtable, participants of the 10th Leaders in Governance Programme discuss the challenges and opportunities of technology and the value of engagement in the digital age.

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.