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


Wednesday, 25 October 2017 at 10:00 AM - Wednesday, 8 November 2017 at 12:00 PM (ADT)

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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. 

Instructor: Mark Coffin 

Headshot of Instructor, Mark CoffinMark Coffin is the Executive Director at Springtide, and is a passionate student of systems thinking and how it can be applied in public and institutional policies. In this course he'll explore the archetypal policy traps, and make reference to local and broader examples where possible, and explore some of the (rarely used) escape strategies for policy-makers and those living and working within rigid policy frameworks. 


The fine print

Courses without sufficient registration ten days prior to first workshop will be cancelled, and a full refund will be issued to registrants at that time. Refund Policy: participants who wish to withdraw from a course up to ten days in advance of the first session may receive a 50% refund. Refunds will not be issued within ten days of the course start date, except on compassionate grounds. 

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5440 Spring Garden Rd
Halifax Central Library - BMO Community Room
Halifax, NS B3J 1E9

Wednesday, 25 October 2017 at 10:00 AM - Wednesday, 8 November 2017 at 12:00 PM (ADT)

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Springtide builds educational programs and resources that support people who want to make public life more meaningful through their own participation in it. 

These programs help you lead political change from start to finish, while you bravely exercise your own integrity with a spirit of collectivism.

Springtide is non-partisan,  not-for-profit and a registered Canadian charity.

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