2016 SYMPOSIUM

The Power to Persuade Symposium 2016 was held in Melbourne at the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons on the 15th of August. The theme for the day was The Ecological Systems of Public Policy: Keeping them open, healthy and sustainable through strategic, multi-level collaboration. Click here to view the full program.

Policy is designed and implemented by highly complex networks of actors. Some of these operate at the ‘institutional’ level, like federal or state governments, large corporations and universities. Others are local actors, such as the community sector or local government. Still other actors work through looser collectives, relationships, and single-issue social action. Conceptually, we can think of these networks as ecosystems – made up of formal and informal relationships and collaborations. At any one time, changes are occurring in different parts of the ecosystem that create ‘ripple’ effects which are felt in other areas. How can we make sure public policy eco-systems are healthy and robust? How can we ensure they are sustainable, and can survive ‘ecological shocks’ (e.g. changes in government and/or policy shifts)? Diverse open systems are healthy systems: collaborations are one way to ensure systems are open - or are they?

Presentations and related articles

 

Keynote: How do we work with the paradox of concentration of power in parts of government (particularly the centre) and the development of policy networks?

Mr Andrew Tongue, Associate Secretary Indigenous Affairs, Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet

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Illustration: Think in Colour


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Illustration: Think in Colour

Related: What is the Power to Persuade? on the Power to Persuade blog


Workshop: Thinking about networks as complex adaptive systems

Dr Kate Neely, Melbourne School of Government, University of Melbourne

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Illustration: Think in Colour


Panel 1: Who governs our policy eco-systems?

Convenor: Paul Smyth, University of Melbourne

Panel 1 Twitter roundup

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Report launch: Social Service Futures and the Productivity Commission, Paul Smyth, Eleanor Malbon, and Gemma Carey, eds.


PANEL 2: Connecting institutions and local level action

Convenor: Professor Jo Barraket

Panel 2 Twitter roundup

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Panel 3: What does it take to keep public policy eco-systems healthy?

Convenor: Professor Jo Barraket

Panel 3 Twitter roundup

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Illustration: Think in Colour