Posted by Marce Bylinska on 08/25/2017
Public Policy Traps (and escape strategies): A Springtide Workshop

Public Policy Traps (and escape strategies): A Springtide Workshop

Halifax Central Library
5440 Spring Garden Rd, Halifax, NS B3J 1E9, Canada

Start Time
10/25/2017 10:00 am
End Time
11/08/2017 12:00 pm
Time Zone: Atlantic Time
Price: $60 - $100

"This workshop will run Wednesdays on October 25th, November 1st, and November 8th from 10AM - 12PM. 


A venue on the Halifax peninsula will be chosen closer to the date, according to program registration numbers.  

About the course:

This course explores the archetypal public policy challenges facing policy-makers, and the constructive, and degenerative approaches to resolving those challenges. 

The vast majority of public policies are not new. Anyone building a policy (for public or private use) does so in order to maintain a current state of conditions, prevent a new variable from disrupting those conditions, or change those conditions to optimize for a particular goal.

Reducing poverty, protecting vulnerable ecosystems, enhancing business growth - are some of the goals public policies seek to achieve - but policy-makers can find themselves in very similar kinds of 'traps' (degenerative policy approaches) as they seek to address those challenges. 

Less obvious than the policy traps, are the escape hatches, and escape strategies (constructive policy approaches) that can be applied when designing public policies to avoid unintended consequences, and achieving public policy goals. 

This course will draw on the work of Donella Meadows, Peter Senge and other systems thinkers, and explore timely as well as local policy examples. 

Who this course is for: 

Public servants and administrators, elected officials (and aspiring elected officials), public policy advocates and activists, the politically curious, managers... anyone who thinks about, writes, or engages with public policy."

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5440 Spring Garden Rd, Halifax, NS B3J 1E9, Canada