The Lonely Crowd – The Future of Wellbeing in a More Connected World

Social isolation in our digitally connected world is emerging as a public health problem. The Canada Beyond 150 Wellbeing team observed a paradox of early twenty-first century life: as we become more connected digitally, we seem to become more disconnected socially. And the isolation correlated with our fixation on screens is making us more prone […]

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Making Good on Canada’s Sustainable Development Commitments

Canada may be known as a steward of the environment in some respects, but its performance on the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) Index is inconsistent. Canada currently ranks 11th out of 34 Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) countries. Its performance is particularly weak on greenhouse gas emissions, carbon dioxide emissions from […]

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Reconciliation and the Public Service: Seeds for Change

There is an urgent need for reconciliation to address the history of colonialism that generates many challenges for Indigenous communities, from unclean drinking water to overrepresentation of Indigenous people in prison. The many Indigenous individuals and organizations who generously shared their time, teachings, and experiences with participants reinforced the urgency of reconciliation. The Canada Beyond […]

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Open and Transparent Government in the Age of Algorithms

What does an open and transparent federal government look like now and in the future? What are the challenges for access to information in a new digital environment? Advances in digital technologies are testing the federal government’s openness and transparency like never before. Canadians are empowered by mobile devices, apps that cover every aspect of […]

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Getting Ready for the Future of Work

Technology, changing skills requirements, and new forms of economic organization could make for a radically different future of work.  How could the government help Canadians survive the transition and thrive in a new environment? Participants in this group used strategic foresight to examine the future of work.  They observed that work is central to how […]

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An Access Economy That Works for Everyone

The emerging access economy holds significant implications for inclusive growth and the suite of programs and policies that compose Canada’s social safety net. Many Canadians are deeply in debt. According to the latest figures, the average Canadian household has a debt-to-income ratio of 168 percent. And 8 percent have a debt-to-income ratio of a whopping […]

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Practical Principles for a Feminist Government

Despite its enviable performance on many social fronts, Canada faces a gender inequality problem. Consider: there is a 31 percent overall difference in earnings between working men and women in Canada. That number rises to approximately 38 percent for women of colour, and an astonishing 54 percent for Indigenous women. That’s not all. Women occupy […]

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Working with an Elder: Bringing Traditional Teachings into Policy

Reconciliation requires transforming the relationship between the federal government and Indigenous Peoples. Canada Beyond 150 participants saw that this starts with respecting Indigenous rights, including the right to self-determination, and opening government to Indigenous teachings and leadership on all issues that affect Indigenous Peoples.

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Canada Beyond 150: The Program

Goals Canada Beyond 150: Policy for a diverse and inclusive future convened a Canada-wide group of federal public servants working in various capacities to participate in a ten-month program designed to support leadership and skills development, as well as drive culture shift across the public service. The main objectives of the program included: Leadership development for […]

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Lessons for the Broader Public Service

Make space for experimentation Canada Beyond 150 was about experimenting with different approaches and tools. That meant accepting and even embracing the likelihood that some activities—whether organized by the program team or the participants themselves— would not go entirely smoothly. This test kitchen approach supported participants’ professional development by creating a low-risk environment to learn […]

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10 Months in 2 Minutes

Thoughts on shifting to a more inclusive and innovative public service Canada Beyond 150 was designed to encourage a shift to a more inclusive and innovative public service. We trust that the participants and partners will carry forward its spirit of experimentation and commitment to listening to diverse perspectives, and that this will have ripple […]

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