The History of the PSSN
Apolitical Over the past decade, the PSSN has attracted senior government officials from around the world. Senior officials from multilateral institutions such as the OECD, the World Bank, NESTA and the Asian Development Bank as well as the private sector have also contributed to the Annual Retreat, offering their strategic expertise to the public sector, as well as learning about the nature of public sector strategy.
First International Public Sector Strategy Workshop
Second International Public Sector Strategy Workshop
Third International Public Sector Strategy Workshop
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Effective Governance in a Strategically Complex World
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How Can the Public Sector Excel Under Changing Dynamics?
Mechanics for the Future: How Can Governments Transform Themselves?
Agility for an Accelerating World: Can Governments Keep Up?
Country partners: Australian Public Service, Privy Council Office of Canada, Irish Public Service and Civil Service College Singapore
During the pandemic, meetings took place online, including network exchanges of post-pandemic and long-term strategic planning with representatives from Austria, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Singapore, the United Kingdom, and the OECD.
Annual Strategic Foresight Retreat
What's been achieved?
PSSN has developed thematically and expanded in size since 2010. Whilst changing every year, PSSN has always offered the opportunity for senior public servants to interact informally with their cross-sectoral peers. This has proved to be an invaluable testing ground for creative ideas and new ways of thinking which can be applied to daily work in serving government.
The Network has allowed members to sustain contact well beyond the end of the Foresight Retreat and is now looking to cement a network of high-level government officials, who will come together in 2020 to consider the disruptive forces shaping the next 10 or 20 years.
From exploring how to future-proof society in the face of automation to upholding the social contract in the 21st century, examining the impact of migration flows on government policy and defining a core set of attributes for successful central units, the PSSN has proved to be an invaluable testing ground for a discussion of new ideas. Conclusions are summarised in a report after the seminar, which is made publicly available for interested readers.