Friday, May 16, 2008


As you may know, aside from the explanative note in the sidebar and the rare editorial comment from ncharney, you have yet to see any exclusive content from the overseers of what we can only describe as the project.

What we had originally intended, and indeed would prefer to do, is fill these pages with op-ed style commentary on all of the stories we are providing rather than simply providing the stories themselves. That being said, given the experience of others, we have been trying to avoid any conflict of interest or values and ethics complaints that could arise from simply wanting to have a frank discussion about Public Service Renewal.

Part of our original intent was to move our conversations from the hallways into the online community. We struggled with format, we originally wanted to use a wiki, but opted for a blog for simplicity and content management, while still allowing for user comments. We discussed the need for including a more formal forum but we have neither the time nor the resources to administer it. We do after all, run this site in our (sparse) free time.

We settled on the following purpose: build a collaborative online community where Public Servants can get information and contribute to discussions on Public Service Renewal, network with other Public Servants interested in Renewal, and find out about upcoming networking and professional development opportunities.

So how are we doing?

We have had moderate success in creating a single gateway which has delivered over 3 months worth of information spread over approximately 130 posts, all relevant in some way to the broader picture of Public Service Renewal: news articles, collaborative and learning events, research studies, remarks by the Clerk of the Privy Council, etc.

Looking Ahead

Sadly, aside from providing information, which we think that we do a pretty good job at, we are not living up to our own expectations. In a sense we broke the golden rule – we dreamed big and delivered small. We think it is about time we committed to generating our own unique content, so starting next week, look for our weekly columns every Friday.

Given that this is supposed to be a place for collaboration and innovation, if you’d like to suggest a subject for our weekly columns or to contribute your own content (submissions may be edited for clarity or conciseness) please feel free to contact us by sending ncharney or mmangulabnan an email.

Next Week's Column: Public-Wiki-Service? How a Simple Wiki Could Change the Way We Work

1 comment:

  1. AnonymousMay 27, 2008

    The government is much too busy offering lush incentives to lure retirees back into the public service to demonstrate any tangible interest in a true Public Service Renewal. The statement that the Public Service is thriving to attract a well educated, competent workforce is only a virtual empty statement. The staffing process is so slow and HR staffers are so entrenched in the old ways of staffing that without a drastic change in process, the PS will never be able to compete for the most talented employees as the private sector will be scooping them up long before the PS will take to prepare a job advertisement on their central job posting website, never mind running the whole entire hiring process.