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"Past Future View": I do believe this is what the Government had set out to eventually have as our future workplace.

I’ve bit off more than I could chew

2nd week with the blog and I thought I could post <1000 words on the GOC Workplace 2.0. I duped myself.

I should’ve had a much better idea what I was getting into when starting my research and informal dialogues about what people think is the Workplace 2.0 of the Government of Canada. My guest public-servant philosophers offered soundbites of 30 seconds before diverging into the limiting factors that make any scenario all but impossible. Although I elaborated my project scope for this posting that only after we illustrate the final goal would we discuss the intermediary steps, it became clear, somewhat, that the GOC Workplace 2.0 seems much too dependant on external factors to be even imaginable. Either that or my guest philosophers were a humble, uncreative bunch.

I see the value in these insights. Although there are common threads  across the Canadian public service (such as the policies, the Ottawa-centric decision-making, hierarchy), there are far too many differing factors that make it difficult to imagine the next GOC Workplace, let alone even the current one.

Simply, I don’t see the workplace of the Government of Canada evolving across the board until a new or updated governance model is in place. But I do see 3 factors driving that change. › Continue reading…

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Believe it or not, this is an engaged Google employee

Edit: title name was edited, in an obvious way.
The government of Canada is undergoing a ‘renewal‘, and talent is a significant factor in these efforts; “[recognising the] importance of a top-notch public service to Canada’s success as a country”.  The most recent report to parliament from the top public servant of Canada, Kevin Lynch states:
“The public service is competing for talent in the strongest national labour market in 35 years. There are many other organizations, from businesses to universities to non-governmental organizations that are actively competing to recruit Canada’s top university and community college graduates.”
Criticism surrounds the prospect of Canada’s federal government being the “employer of choice” for the next generation of competitive talent. The surveys and feedback have not been too positive, so what to do? Here’s where I think some great insight can come from seeing what exemplary organisations are doing. Bear with me.
Last June (2008) I came across this compelling viral video created by the people at Digg, a Web 2.0 website that was “made for people to discover and share content from anywhere on the Internet” where websites, videos, images are rated and ranked (or ‘aggregated’) according to popularity (the model is similar to crowdsourcing and social bookmarking sites).
After 1 minute you’ll get the idea of what the video is, no need to watch the whole thing:
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