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Jun 17
10:30 am
12:00 pm
(GMT -4) Ottawa
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****second session opened - see below for link***

How can insights from the past help us shape policy now? Join us as we read and discuss the importance of history in policy-making.  

We’ve selected a small cluster of articles that highlight the value of understanding social crises from the vantage point of the past. 

Start by reading these pieces on your own time in advance of the discussion session.  We invite you to break the habit of reading quickly for information and shift to reading more slowly to deepen your exploration of ideas. This will prepare you to experience conversation as the art of being and thinking together, of building community. Seize this opportunity to practice spotting and connecting new ideas, speaking with clarity, and listening for how others construct their view of the world.

Bring your notes, questions and an open mind to the session on June 17th and we will go beyond thinking alone with others to ask “What new questions and ideas can we create together?”

The discussion session is capped to ensure we can have a robust conversation. If there is interest we can run multiple discussion sessions. 

Happy reading!  Happy talking (afterwards).

***due to popular demand we have opened a second session on Thursday 18th June - register here: https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/the-art-of-the-short-read-what-can-we-learn-from-the-past-2-tickets-109114426186 ***

Link to the articles: 

From the Black Death to Covid-19: What History Can Teach Us About Managing Crises and Coming Out Stronger, Margaret Macmillan, Prospect Magazine, May 7 2020.


Pandemics from Homer to Stephen King: What Can We Learn From Literary History, Chelsea Halith, The Conversation, March 16 2020.


The Pandemic’s Economic Lessons, Daniel Susskind, The Atlantic, April 6 2020.


Between the Roots and the Stars, Slowdown Papers 12, Dan Hill, Medium, April 7 2020.


How Will We Remember the Pandemic? Museums Are Already Deciding, Adam Popescu, The New York Times, May 25 2020.


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The Policy Community Partnership Office
The Policy Community Partnership Office for Canada’s Public Service is focused on strengthening the capacity of policy practitioners through collaboration, thinking creatively and inclusively about policy development and delivery and evolving our collective practice.
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