The Innovation Journal: The Public Sector Innovation Journal, 6(2), 2001, article 8.


Past Events in 2000 (PDF)


Policy Agendas for Sustainable Technological Innovation

International Conference

London, United Kingdom, 1-3 December 2000

Organised by the Department of Innovation Studies, University of East London, this will be the third conference of the European POSTI project:
Policies for Sustainable Technological Innovation in the 21st Century.
The purpose of the London conference is to debate policy design strategies for a sustainable future based on scientific research, technological innovation and new concepts of democracy. The conference will explore the agendas of various actors (governments, companies, political parties, industrial associations, non-governmental organisations, social groups, universities, the media, etc.) and their role in defining policies for sustainable technological innovation. The conference will also cover aspects of ecological systems and socioeconomic conditions which interact only
weakly with traditional democratic institutions, discussing how the policymaking
environment itself may need to innovate in order to accommodate new expressions of social concern, environmental degradation or ecological disruption.

The conference will be organised into plenary sessions, panel discussions, a keynote address and working group sessions on the following topics:

  • Socially acceptable technological innovation: Quality of life, ethics and policy
  • Economically acceptable technological innovation: The "real world" of discharging political responsibility
  • Environmentally acceptable technological innovation: Urban, industrial, residential and rural habitats
  • National, European and global policymaking environments: Who benefits, who pays, and who decides?
  • Democratisation of policymaking processes: How can society and the natural
    environment best be heard?
  • Future challenges for sustainable innovation

Proposals for papers should consist of a title, an outline of maximum 2 pages (ca. 800 words) including references and a 10-line CV. Proposals will be refereed by a committee led by Dr Josephine Anne Stein (University of East London), Professor Wiebe E. Bijker (University of Maastricht) and Dr Terje Grønning (University of Oslo).

In keeping with the overall objectives of POSTI, we encourage the submission of proposals from younger researchers (Masters degree graduates and above), as well as proposals from senior academics and persons working in private firms or in public administration. The best contributions to the four POSTI conferences will be compiled into a major book.

The deadline for receipt of proposals is 15 September, 2000.

For more information about the conference and the POSTI project, see: or contact
Gillian Perkins
Conference administrator
Department of Innovation Studies, University of East London
4-6 University Way
London E16 2RD, United Kingdom.
tel: +44 20 8223 4215
fax: +44 20 8223 7595

Second Annual Association for Public Policy Analysis and

Management (APPAM) Research Conference

Doing and Using Public Policy Analysis and Management Research
2-4 November, 2000 - Seattle, Washington

Deadline for papers: February 24, 2000
APPAM Office:
APPAM Webadmin:

CAPAM (Commonwealth Association fo Public Administration and


October 15-18, 2000, Cape Town, South Africa

Values and Ethics
New Ways of Doing Business
Leadership in the 21st Century

More information:

APEX (Association of Public Executives of the Government of Canada)


May 31-June 1, 2000
Ottawa Congress Centre, Ottawa, Canada

More information:

Huddersfield Creative Town Initiative Conference

25-27 May 2000

The Creative City,

Why cities must innovate to survive

"This is the Age of Creativity because it’s the age of knowledge. And in an era that prizes knowledge, creativity adds value to knowledge and makes it progressively more useful." (John Kao, Jamming: The Art and Discipline of Business Creativity)

It is now commonplace to hear that businesses must put innovation at the centre of their operation if they are to compete in a global, knowledge-driven economy. So too, we are told, individuals in the future workplace will be valued less for their particular skills or work-rate, and more for the creativity they can apply to the job.

No-one now seriously argues that this will not be the way ahead – the Creative Economy is upon us - but what many people are missing is the third point of the triangle – place. Our creative workers and innovative businesses will not operate in a vacuum, nor even a corner of cyberspace (despite the hype to the contrary). For the most they will operate in urban areas – towns and cities just like yours. But how prepared are these places to host and nurture these new dynamic forces? The truth is many are not well-prepared at all – the city of the 21st Century is still being run with 19th Century principles, methods and ideas.

In a fast-moving, global marketplace, the places which can provide the right environments for creative individuals and innovative businesses to flourish will themselves flourish – and they will do it at the expense of those who cannot. The cities that succeed will themselves have learnt how to be Creative Cities.

The bad news is that cities are so often seen as the concentration of everything problematic and insoluble in our society, leading to a dash for the suburbs and rural idylls. But green field technology parks are not the answer. Most of us are wedded, for richer or poorer, to our towns and cities and it’s time we abandoned our bucolic delusions and knuckled down to this.

The good news is that cities are coming back. Cities are dynamic and innovative places precisely because the need to overcome apparently insoluble problems forces the breaking of moulds and drives new thinking.

Sir Richard Rogers’ Urban Task Force heralded the need for radical change:

"We must bring about change in urban attitudes so that towns and cities once again become attractive places to live, work and socialise…the beginning of the 21st century is a moment of change." (Towards an Urban Renaissance)

There is no doubt that for us to achieve the Urban Renaissance, cities must become more creative - but what does a Creative City look like? A Creative City is one with a climate in which all the actors – politicians, planners, educators, business and community leaders – are committed to learning and change, are linked through networks of trust and are empowered to take risks. The even better news is that many cities are well on the way to fulfilling this model – and the aim of this Conference is to highlight, analyse and celebrate them.

This Conference will explore the kinds of projects, programmes and urban governance arrangements that are required to maximise potential so that cities can become more innovative in responding to urban problems. It will also look at some very practical techniques and strategies which delegates may be able to take away and apply in their own contexts.

This Conference promotes a new, holistic and practical approach to the complex challenge of running our towns and cities.

Questions To Be Addressed:

  • Why cities need to be creative?
  • What will be the consequences of not being creative?
  • How can creativity in cities be organised?
  • What are the different forms of creativity emerging in government, business and the third sector and how can they be combined?
  • How can cities become learning environments?
  • What is the role can technology play in releasing urban creativity?
  • What kind of political, social or environmental innovations have been most effective?
  • What techniques have worked which can be applied elsewhere?

The Conference should be able to:

  • Provide criteria against which the creative, learning and innovative capacity of particular cities can be assessed.
  • Define the relationship between technological, economic, cultural, social and urban creativity and innovation.
  • Establish what the linkage is between educational and training policies and learning and innovation potential.
  • Provide decision makers within both the public and private sectors with the means to assess the efficacy of financing structures and funding of different types of educational, innovation and creativity policies.
  • Indicate to cities on the basis of world best practice strategies that are most suited to cities at different levels of development.
  • Assess the extent to which innovation clusters can have a positive impact on the city as a whole.
  • Assess the degree to which new industries or services can be imported.
  • Explain how innovation and creativity policies can attract new skills to the city; and the extent to which this can become self-sustaining.
  • Make a judgement on the function of high tech firms or socially entrepreneurial companies as innovative role models.
  • Establish the relationship between internal and external innovation and creativity in harnessing a city's potential.
  • Assess the relative importance of a city's organisational capacity to developing learning, creativity and innovation.
  • Indicate the time-scales necessary for all these policies to work themselves through to different levels of economic, social and cultural enterprise in the city.
  • Provide techniques and benchmarks for measuring and evaluating the effectiveness of a Creative City Strategy.

Target Audience

The Conference will be of value to decision-makers in urban policy, planning, urban design, culture, education and economic development from local and regional government, regeneration partnerships, business and the voluntary sector. Target number: 200 delegates over the 3 days.


The first Creative City Conference was held in Helsinki in 1996. The concept has subsequently been explored and developed over three successive years at the Amsterdam-Maastricht Summer University. This, however, is the first Creative City event ever held in the UK, promoted jointly by COMEDIA and the Huddersfield Creative Town Initiative.

The location is significant. Huddersfield has been, over the last three years, host to the Creative Town Initiative, one of a group of international Urban Pilot Projects selected by the European Commission to explore innovations in urban policy. One of the purposes of the Conference is to allow the opportunity for feedback on the findings and achievements of the project.

Kirklees has become well known as a source of urban innovation on a wider scale, from the radical and pioneering restructuring of the Council in the late 1980’s up to the present with new cabinet-style local government and the ‘joined-up’ working of the Kirklees Partnership.


Governance and Leadership
Some cities, no matter how badly they are run, always appear to generate and attract creativity. But are these the exceptions to the rule? In general, it would seem, a city which builds a successful creative sector will also have effective political leadership, efficient bureaucracies and strong networks of trust and collaboration between public and private institutions. This theme will look at examples of how creative sector development has gone both with and against the grain of local governance.

The Learning City
The Creative Economy is synonymous with the Knowledge-Driven Economy and it is clear that in order to thrive in this economy, individuals and companies must develop the capacity for continuous learning, reflection and improvement. So too, it seems, must cities but can we yet grasp what a Learning City looks like? What should be expected of the mainstream education-providers and what is the role of more informal learning networks?

The Virtual City
Technology is bringing about enormous changes in the workplace, in organisational structure, in trade and in communications. Who are the winners and losers within the city of these changes? Can technology solve more problems than it creates in the city?

The Wealth-creating City
A weight of evidence now shows that the Creative Sector is a major generator of wealth, but in a globalising economy how much of this will benefit the local economies of cities? What positive steps are cities taking to grow their own creative economies? Is there something special about the sector which means that the normal rules of local economic development cannot be applied to it? Is intervention needed or would the sector prefer to be given some space and left well alone?

The Creative Industries
The Creative Industries have become the symbol of the new urban economy over the last decade. Is there any substance to the Creative Industries as an economic sector or are they merely a branding device? What is the true potential of the Creative Industries sector in local economies. Can all town and cities share in this economy or will it be carved up by the few? What is the relationship between the Cis and other economic sectors and with non-commercial culture?

The Inclusive City
The Creative Sector is innovative and therefore, by definition, often at the leading edge of conceptual and technological development. It also thrives on informal networks of friends and acquaintances. Does this suggest that it must also be elitist and exclusive or, as some have suggested, are the creative industries a new model of permeability open to anyone with the requisite talent and desire, regardless of background or qualifications? Is there also role for the creative sector in building greater social inclusivity – can it reach the parts that other forms of regeneration cannot reach?

Measuring the Creative City
What kinds of indicator can be employed to measure the efficacy of the Creative City concept. Can traditional measures be adopted or must new forms be evolved?

Techniques and Strategies
Can the Creative City be defined by a toolkit of techniques and strategies. What works where and what is transferrable? Are case studies helpful or is it better to evolve locally-specific solutions. Can techniques developed to aid groups and individuals be applied at the urban level?

For more information:

Phil Wood
Programme Manager
The Creative Town Initiative
Standard House
Half Moon Street
Tel 44 1484 226584/226609
Fax 44 1484 226585

Technology and Innovation Management

Call for Papers: Eastern Academy of Management 37th annual conference, May 10-13, 2000 Danvers, MA (outside of Boston, MA, USA)

Deadline: November 3, 1999

The Eastern Academy of Management invites papers in the Technology and Innovation Management area for its 37th annual conference, May 10-13, in Danvers, MA (outside of Boston). Papers can consider, but are not limited to, such issues as the management and design of technology-based organizations, the study of the innovation process, the development and implementation of technology in organizations, the use of information and communication technology, and the management of new product and process development. Accepted papers will be published in the conference proceedings. Submissions should be sent directly to the VP Program, Steve Meisel, at LaSalle University, Management Department, 1900 W. Olney Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19141. The deadline for submission is November 3, 1999. Please visit the EAM website ( for submission guidelines and contact the track chairperson, Eric Kessler ( 212-346-1846), with any questions.

Quality Month 2000 at Natural Resources Canada


Tuesday, October 3, 2000
8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Camsell Hall, 588 Booth Street, Ottawa

Find out about ISO 9000, the standard which several Natural Resources Canada units have adopted to help manage their operations. ISO 9000 focuses on satisfying clients, getting employees involved and bringing about continuous improvement

Natural Resources personnel and outside experts will speak on:

  • Their experience getting certified to ISO 9000, difficulties to overcome
  • What is new with ISO 9000:2000
  • The challenge of making the transition from ISO 9000:1994 to ISO 9000:2000

Who should attend:

Those planning to become ISO 9000:2000 registered
People planning to migrate from ISO 9000:1994 to ISO 9000:2000
Those who wish to understand ISO 9000
Everyone who wants to network about ISO

Employees from other levels of government, other departments welcome!
Simultaneous translation available.
Refreshments will be provided.

Note: Public parking is available on Beech Street, east of Preston.

Sponsored by the Audit and Evaluation Branch; and Earth Sciences Sector - Quality Management in collaboration with the Excellence Coordinating Team; all of Natural Resources Canada

Reservation required to attend (no charge)
To reserve for the event, or for information, e-mail Daphne Ford at or call (613) 947-9509

International Institute for Public Ethics

Year 2000 Conference

"Ethics in the New Millennium - Bridging the Public and Private Sectors"
September 24 - 28, 2000
Ottawa, Canada

Help shape a global ethics vision for the 21st century ...

Ethical issues in governments, corporations and international institutions have never been so challenging or so important. New forces are shaping both the theory and practice of ethics including globalization, technological change and a citizen-driven demand for higher values and standards. One need only turn to the daily news headlines to see the evidence that ethics have a greater prominence than ever.

A group of high profile leaders and ethics experts seeking to deal with the latest challenges will gather for a major international conference September 24 to 28 in Ottawa, the capital of Canada.

With the theme "Ethics in the New Millennium - Bridging the Public and Private Sectors", the conference will bring together speakers and delegates from around the world and from government, the business world, universities and major multilateral organizations.

A Unique Summit

This conference is the first to be held under the auspices of the International Institute for Public Ethics (IIPE) but directly follows a series of conferences held by the Ethics in Public Service Network, beginning in Jerusalem in 1988.

For the first time....

* The international ethics conference will be held in North America.
* The public and private sectors will meet and exchange ideas on ethics - a dialogue that many ethics experts say is crucial.

The Benefits

Attendance at the Ethics in the New Millennium conference will provide you with a number of opportunities and benefits:

1. An opportunity to hear first-hand how prominent political and ethics leaders envision the future of ethics in our society and our world.

 Noted participants include:

* The Right Honourable Jean Chrétien, Prime Minister of Canada (invited)
* Lord Neill of Bladen, Chairman, U.K. Cmte. on Standards in Public Life
* Peter Eigen, Chair, Transparency International
* Prince El Hassan bin Talal, Jordan
* Judith Kumin, UN High Commissioner of Refugees
* James Orbinski, President, Médecins Sans Frontières
* Soli Sorabjee, former Attorney General of India
* Everardo Elizondo, Deputy Governor, Bank of Mexico
* Jay Taylor, President and CEO, Placer Dome Inc.
* Mel Cappe, Clerk of the Privy Council and Secretary to the Cabinet, Government of Canada
* Ed Petry, President, Ethics Officer Association
* Stuart Gilman, United States Office of Government Ethics

2. Participation in the development of the new millennium ethics agenda.

3. Through both plenary sessions and workshops, you will gain practical advice on the design and implementation of ethics programs in corporations, government organizations and multilateral institutions.

4. A number of networking opportunities with leaders, scholars and ethics practitioners.

The conference will be held at the Ottawa Congress Centre, September 24 to 28, 2000. For complete event information and registration details, visit the conference Web site at:
Tel: 613-946-2585

Institut international de l'éthique publique

Conférence de l'an 2000

"L'éthique au cours du nouveau millénaire:
Rapprochement entre les secteurs public et privé"
24-28 septembre 2000
Ottawa, Canada

Participez à l'élaboration d'une vision mondiale de l'éthique du XXIe siècle...

Les questions d'éthique au sein de gouvernements, de grandes entreprises et d'institutions internationales n'ont jamais soulevé autant d'intérêt. De nouvelles forces contribuent à façonner la théorie et la pratique de l'éthique, notamment la mondialisation, le changement technologique et les revendications des citoyens pour l'application de valeurs et de normes plus élevées. Il suffit de lire les grands titres des journaux pour constater que l'éthique occupe une place plus prépondérante que jamais.

Un groupe de leaders prestigieux et de spécialistes de l'éthique prêts à relever le défi se réuniront lors d'une grande conférence internationale du 24 au 28 septembre à Ottawa, la capitale du Canada.

Cette conférence dont le thème est : « L'éthique au cours du nouveau millénaire : Rapprochement entre les secteurs public et privé » rassemblera des conférenciers et des délégués du monde entier provenant de gouvernements, du monde des affaires, d'universités et de grandes organisations multilatérales.

Un sommet unique en son genre

Cette conférence est la première à se tenir sous les auspices de l'Institut international de l'éthique publique (IIEP), mais fait directement suite aux conférences précédentes parrainées par le Ethics in Public Service Network (Réseau d'éthique publique) dont la première a eu lieu à Jérusalem, en 1988.

Pour la première fois...

* La conférence internationale sur l'éthique aura lieu en Amérique du Nord.
* Les représentants des secteurs public et privé se réuniront et échangeront des idées sur l'éthique - un dialogue essentiel selon de nombreux spécialistes du domaine.

 Les avantages

En participant à la conférence « L'éthique au cours du nouveau millénaire...» vous pourrez bénéficier de plusieurs avantages. En voici quelques-uns :

1. La possibilité d'entendre directement ce que des chefs politiques et des sommités dans le domaine pensent de l'avenir de l'éthique dans notre société et dans le monde.

Parmi les conférenciers invités, notons :

* Le très honorable Jean Chrétien, Premier ministre du Canada (invité)
* Lord Neill of Bladen, Président, U.K. Committee on Standards in Public Life
* Peter Eigen, Président, Transparency International
* Prince El Hassan bin Talal, Jordanie
* Judith Kumin, Haut-commissaire des Nations Unies pour les réfugiés
* James Orbinski, Président, Médecins sans frontières
* Soli Sorabjee, ancien procureur général de l'Inde
* Everardo Élizondo, Sous-gouverneur de la Bank of Mexico
* Jay Taylor, Président et chef de la direction, Placer Dome inc.
* Mel Cappe, Greffier du Conseil privé et Secrétaire du Cabinet du gouvernement du Canada
* Ed Petry, Président de Ethics Officer Association
* Stuart Gilman, Office of Government Ethics (États-Unis)

2. La possibilité de participer à l'élaboration de l'éthique
du nouveau millénaire.

3. Au cours de séances plénières et d'ateliers, vous pourrez prendre connaissance d'avis pratiques sur la conception et la mise en oeuvre de programmes d'éthique dans les grandes entreprises, les organisations gouvernementales et les institutions multilatérales.

4. Vous aurez également la possibilité de nouer des liens avec des chefs de file, des universitaires et des praticiens de l'éthique. La conférence se tiendra au Centre des congrès d'Ottawa, du 24 au 28 septembre 2000. Pour obtenir de plus amples renseignements et pour vous inscrire, visitez le site Web de la conférence à

Excellence in Government 2000 Conference

July 11-13, 2000, Washington, DC


"Awakening the Public Soul Through the Spirit of Government Service" by Alex Pattakos, Innovation Journal editorial board member

What drives individuals to manifest their human spirit through public service? Can the instinct to serve be used to restore public confidence in government and revitalize public service? The answers are as much spiritual as they are managerial or technical ones, says Alex Pattakos. Drawing from his forthcoming book, Pattakos takes us through 'private doors to public lives' to reveal how and why public servants find meaning in life through what they do.

The Canadian National Forum on Strategic Innovation

August 21- 23, 2000

Heads Up! A weekly update on the world of innovation brought to you by Innovation University, a best practices program of the Innovation Network.

Several Innovation Network members, including Jon Pearson, Elaine Dundon and Alex Pattakos, will present at this first-annual conference in Toronto, Canada.

For further information about the Canadian National Forum on Strategic Innovation, please check out strategicinnov.html or contact the Chair, Alex Pattakos, at

For registration information and to register, please visit Or call toll-free, 1-800-941-9403.

Debriefing on the Forum

Canadian National Forum on Strategic Innovation Well, the first "Canadian National Forum on Strategic Innovation" (hosted in cooperation with Fast Company magazine) is now behind us--so-to-speak. Clearly, it can be described as a "success", and was an incredible and wonderful experience in many different ways. Indeed, the Forum's energy has already transcended the event itself and, as part of the agreed-upon follow-up agenda, we are in the process of establishing a Community of Practice in Strategic Innovation to continue the shared learning and collaborative spirit through the Internet. I will let you know more about this effort as it unfolds. Currently, The Innovation Group is taking the lead to organize this effort to provide a vehicle for resource exchange, collective learning, and so forth. The evolving "community" also expressed interest in convening another Forum next year! Please visit the "What's New" Page of our web site ( to obtain more information about the Forum experience.

The first "Canadian National Forum on Strategic Innovation" that was held in Toronto last week. It is important to note that the federal government of Canada (two different ministries) and several major nonprofit organizations were represented among the delegates to the Forum. In addition to serving as the Chair of this Forum, I spoke on the topic, "The Personal Dimensions of Innovation: Soul, Styles, and Skills."

Alex Pattakos, Editorial Board
The Innovation Journal

Request for Papers for a Special Issue of

"The Quiet Revolution in America's Nonprofit Sector:

Law, Policy, and Commerce."

Deadline: June 20, 2000

Expenditures of nonprofit corporations in the United States have tripled from about 3% of the US economy in 1960 to perhaps 9% or more today, as the nonprofit sector has gone through a Quiet Revolution. This growth has been driven by many remarkable and far-reaching changes in public policy. These changes are the subject of this call for papers.

For instance, the expansion was made possible in part by the Civil Rights Movement, as Federal court decisions significantly enhanced the rights of all Americans to establish nonprofit corporations as they pleased. Federal funds and consumer purchases each seem to account for about half of the expansion; private giving has apparently remained quite stable -- but has not increased as a share of the economy as a whole. Changing federal policies have continuously shifted the arrangements that control the flows of federal funds so that vouchers and similar devices now prevail.

Consumer preferences continuously change. Together, these changes have presented nonprofit organizations -- as well as policy-makers -- with daunting challenges.

NONPROFIT AND VOLUNTARY SECTOR QUARTERLY plans a special issue to explore this Quiet Revolution in America's nonprofit sector. For this issue we seek papers assessing and evaluating trends in the legal right to establish nonprofits and in the sources of nonprofit funding and other resources, including volunteers. We seek papers assessing and evaluating the impact of these changes on the various subsectors -- health care, higher education, social services, the arts, religion, advocacy, civic affairs. We seek discussions of the federal and other governmental policies that have shaped the expansion and transformation of the sector. And we seek other contributions that deal with these remarkable changes.

The focus of this special issue will be on the nonprofit sector of the United States, but we would welcome papers that place the recent United States experience in an international or comparative perspective.


The guest editor for this special issue is Professor David C. Hammack, Department of History and Mandel Center for Nonprofit Organizations, Case Western Reserve University, 10900 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland, Ohio 44106-7107; Interested authors should contact Professor Hammack directly with any questions.


Please send all submission directly to the editorial office of NVSQ at:

Professor Steven Rathgeb Smith

Editor, NVSQ

Daniel J. Evans School of Public Affairs

University of Washington

Box 353055

Seattle, WA 98195


206-685-9044 (fax)


All submissions will undergo the usual review process. Submission

guidelines are available on the NVSQ website at

The deadline for submission is June 20, 2000. Although submissions will

be accepted after this date, strong preference will be given to papers

submitted prior to the deadline.


Steven Rathgeb Smith, Editor

Stacy Holmes, Managing Editor

Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly

Evans School of Public Affairs

University of Washington

Box 353055

Seattle, WA 98195-3055

(PH) 206-221-4629

(FAX) 206-685-9044

Seminar in Internet 16th June

Dear Friends,

You are welcome to follow my committee's, The Committee for the Future, so called Linus-seminar "New Elements of the World of Knowledge" in Internet

With this event the Committee for the Future wishes to continue the discussion on success factors that determine the course of the future. The seminar is waiting for questions and comments of yours.

(Finnish time)
9.00 Opening, MP Martti Tiuri, Chairman of the Committee for the Future
9.05 MP Riitta Uosukainen, Speaker of the Parliament
9.15 Mr Linus Torvarlds
10.00 Mrs Rosalie Zobel, Director, EU Commission
10.20 Mr Erkki Ormala, Director, Nokia
10.40 Panel
Chairman MP Markku Markkula, Committee for the Future
Mrs Marja Erola, National Technology Agency of Finland, Tekes
MP Susanna Huovinen, Committee for the Future
Mr Cesar Villanueva, World Futures Studies Federation
Mr Teppo Turkki, Elisa Communications

Best Regards
Paula Tiihonen
Committee Counsellor to the Committee for the Future
Parliament of Finland

Institute of Public Administration of Canada-Toronto Regional Group

On February 10, 1999 the Toronto Regional Group (TRG) of the Institute of Public Administration of Canada (IPAC) launched its exciting new program series called public sector@public service - ideas for the millennium. This program is different from other TRG programs. Its goal is to engage people in an extended conversation about the challenges and changes that are reshaping government and the public sector. Between February 1999 and April 2000, the TRG will host 8 sessions which explore the many changes affecting Canadian government and the public sector as they enter the 21st century and the impact of these changes on the relationships and expectations that link governments, public servants and citizens. Governments have responded to the range of challenges facing them in many ways -where will the public sector fit in future reforms?

Governments' response to fiscal, economic, structural, demographic and other changes in our society have highlighted two fundamental questions that the series will explore:

  • Is the public sector merely an instrument to be constructed and deconstructed depending on the circumstances?
  • As government and citizens redefine their relationship, how does public administration contribute and fit in that process?

The February 10th inaugural event by Jacques Bourgault set out the big picture and established the framework for the series. Subsequent sessions will take a more focussed look at specific aspects of the challenge: global economic and technological changes; the changing nature of Canadian society; changing public opinion and attitudes; the media and public policy; changing relationships between government and its citizens, clients, consumers and customers; changing relationships between the public, private and non profit sectors; and, changing values and ethics.

There are clear benefits of an extended program of events. First, it presents an opportunity for extended discussion on key ideas and contributes to an integrated, holistic perspective on the key issues of public administration. It allows for a needed examination of linkages among the change factors. Second, it is a unique opportunity to interact with leading-edge thinkers and innovators. And finally, it is an attractive alternative to two/three day conferences - provocative speakers in manageable half-day or two-hour sessions.

This program is a forum for different voices to come together and reflect upon the changes facing public administration and to share their learning with others. Don't miss it! For more information or to register, please contact Sylvia Teasdale at (905) 276-9318 or email

Public Perceptions - April 28 - 8:45 to 11:45 am
Dr. David Zussman, President, Public Policy Forum
Frank Graves, Ekos Research

This session will explore the complexities and changes in public opinion regarding the performance and role of government. How does the public perceive government, politicians and public servants in the late 1990's? Why? What are the implications for the public sector and public policy?

The Media and Public Policy - June 4 - 8:45 to 11:45 am
Elly Alboim, Carleton University and Earnscliffe Strategy Group
Trina McQueen, President, Discovery channel
Senator Joan Fraser, journalist, previous Editor in Chief, The Gazette (Montreal)
Peter Desbarat, print and broadcast journalist, previous Dean, Graduate School of Journalism, University of Western Ontario.

The media influences and reflects public perceptions; it provides information; it shapes issues. Improvements in technology have had a significant impact on the traditional role of media. This session will consider the relationship between - and impact of - the media on governments and public policy today and in the 'wired' future.

Registration And More Information- contact Sylvia Teasdale (905) 276-9318 or

Call for papers:International Sociological Association (re:Innovation)

ISA Research Committee on the Sociology and Technology, RC23,
sessions at the Third Triple Helix International Conference Rio de Janeiro, April 26-29, 2000

Submit abstracts of papers within any of the following themes:

1.The university and the pressures of innovation policy in North and South
2. Developing infrastructure for new links between academia and industry
3. Revisiting the issues of technical/professional training and employment problems

As we decided to integrate into the conference very late, abstracts should be sent as soon as possible, the latest by October 10, 1999.

Please send your abstract either to:

RC23 President Marja Hayrinen-Alestalo, or
RC23 Vice-President Hebe Vessuri,

Fourth international research symposium on public management

[IRSPM IV] 13 - 14 april 2000

dept. of public administration, erasmus university, rotterdam

-proposals for papers are invited on all aspects of public management and administration and of public services management.

-the full call for papers, with details of conference themes, plenart speakers and workshops can be obtained by emailing the IRSPM IV adminstrator, sonja balsem []

closing date for submissions is 3 July 1999

The Future of Work in the Public Sector: Tough Challenges and

Practical Solutions

The Future of Work in the Public Sector:
Tough Challenges and Practical Solutions,
at the Victoria Conference Centre,
March 26 - 28, 2000

The conference is hosted by the School of Public Administration, University of Victoria and Victoria Regional IPAC Chapter. The planning committee is chaired by John Langford and Thea Vakil, and includes John Fryer, Heather Kirkham, Andrew Lane, Evert Lindquist, Vic Murray, Mary O'Rourke, Ardeth Paxton Mann and Todd Pugh.

Please visit our Web site at to see the draft agenda. The site will be updated to include developments and a registration form. Please bookmark so you can stay in touch!

Look forward to seeing you in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada in March.

Mary O'Rourke, Program Director
Conference Management

Call for Papers, International Atlantic Economic Society (IAES)

Conference to be held in Munich, Germany, March 15-20, 2000

Dear colleague,

As regional editor of "International Advances in Economic Research", one of the two official journals of the International Atlantic Economic Society (IAES), I am organizing sessions at the 49th IAES conference to be held in Munich, Germany, March 15-20, 2000. One of these sessions deals public finance.

If you want to present a paper on public finance, please let me know as soon as possible. The submission deadline for abstracts for organized sessions is October 1, 1999. For my planning, however, I would like to be informed should you plan to submit an abstract. The full paper should be available by early February 2000 (6 weeks prior to the conference).

You might want to suggest another topic for an organized session related to your research and a possible paper. If so, please let me know. I am prepared to consider any topic that may be suitable for an organized session.

You can visit IAES's web site ( for more information.

Please note that each participant is responsible for her/his own expenses and fees. However, the submission fee for a paper to be presented in an organized session will be waived.

Authors need to submit at least a 500 word abstract including:
(1) Objectives
(2) Background
(3) Data and Methods
(4) Results/Expected Results
(5) Discussion

On a separate cover page list:
(1) Conference location
(2) Name
(3) Academic position or title
(4) Affiliation
(5) Mailing address
(6) Phone and fax numbers and e-mail address
(7) Category number of article topic (see listing in the Journal of Economic Literature)
(8) Indicate if the paper has primarily a macro or micro focus

M. Peter van der Hoek
Prof. dr. M. Peter van der Hoek
Academy of Economic Studies, Bucharest, Romania and Erasmus University, Rotterdam, Netherlands

Mailing address:

Erasmus University (L 7-26)
P.O. Box 1738
NL-3000 DR Rotterdam
Phone/Fax: +31-10-4081622

New Zealand Public Management Workshop, 9-10 March 2000

New Zealand's radical public management reforms of the last decade have attracted world-wide attention. A workshop in Wellington, New Zealand on 9-10 March 2000 will address the theme of "New Zealand Public Management: Lessons Learned and Future Development". A number of invited New Zealand speakers will present papers on the following questions:

  • What have we learned from New Zealand's public management experience of the last decade?
  • What issues do these lessons raise for the future development of public management, both in New Zealand and in other countries?
  • What should be on the agenda for further research and scholarship in public management in New Zealand?

The workshop is being organised by Victoria University of Wellington, in association with the International Public Management Network (IPMN) and follows the IPMN 2000 Conference in Sydney on 4-6 March.

For further information, see the Workshop website at

Rob Laking
Director, Master of Public Management
Graduate School of Business and Government Management
Victoria University of Wellington
P O Box 600
Wellington, New Zealand
Phone: +64-4-463-5082
Fax: +64-4-496-5454
MPM Home Page:
Personal Home Page:

International Conference on Public Management and Governance in the

New Millennium: Lessons from the Past and Challenges for the Future

Call for papers!

This conference, co-organized by the Centre for Comparative Public Management and Social Policy, City University of Hong Kong and the School of Politics and International Studies, Murdoch University (Australia) during 10-11 January 2000 at the City University of Hong Kong, will explore the future of public management and governance in the new millennium by drawing lessons from past developments, by bringing together experiences from diverse national and cultural traditions, and by identifying major factors of change that will drive and shape the new era governance at both a regional and a global level.

The conference will be organized around four sub-themes:

  • Globalization and economic change
  • Democratization and social change
  • Communications revolution and technological change
  • Management revolution and administrative change

Plenary speakers will initially include: Christopher Hood (UK), B Guy Peters (USA), Roger Wettenhall (Australia), Nils Brunnson (Sweden), Nino Majone (Italy), Hans Derlien (Germany) and Anthony Cheung (Hong Kong).

Contributions are now solicited on the above sub-themes. Abstracts of around 500 words (in English), with name, institutional affiliation, mailing address, telephone and fax numbers and email address included, should reach the conference secretariat by 1 September 1999. If possible, contributors should indicate which sub-theme(s) their proposed contribution relates to. Contributors will be notified of acceptance decision by 15 September 1999. Final draft papers should be sent to the conference secretariat by 15 December 1999.

Send your submissions to:

Conference Secretariat,
International Conference on Public Management and Governance in the New Millennium,
C/o Centre for Comparative Public Management and Social Policy
City University of Hong Kong
83 Tat Chee Avenue, Kowloon
Hong Kong Special Administrative Region
Telephone: (852) 2788 4533/Fax: (852) 2788 4288 Email: (Attn: Ms Kitty Poon)


Updated April 02, 2001

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