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Our very own will be speaking at a panel discussion in on why in should have a seat at the table during . Tune in live via webcast today at 17:30 Rome time: .

What a meaningful experience to present our paper at hosted by . Together with my colleague we spoke about how with , can contribute to and help regions to strategically shift towards a ♻

Last week hosted their conference in beautiful Turku, Finland. See what Luke's had to say about the role of in addressing environmental issues and creating policies.

Workshop 👉 Hartimi i Politikave bazuar në parimet themelore të mirëqeverisjes për problematika rajonale. Pjesëmarrje ✅ Sundimi i Ligjit ✅ Transparenca ✅ Efikasiteti ✅

“We aim bringing together promising young politicians and forming a regional network because we need social democracy all around Europe.”- Cit. @MaxBrände, Director of FES Belgrade at the Progressive Leaders Seminar in Belgrade 🇦🇱🖇🇪🇺

Continuing on with our session at the Conference, Diletta di Marco discusses the role of digital platforms in increasing and citizen engagement with ! – at Ecole Polytechnique

How can we improve processes in systems? Can we include people’s preferences and needs while planning? What kind of can help us do so? We have a full audience today at , the workshop working on these very issues!

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Selected graduating scholars under the Japan-IMF Scholarship for Asia () present their theses to showcase their achievements at a pre-graduation event. More than 30 scholars will join 700 alumni across Asia 🌏 to lead on macroeconomics. Congrats to all!

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Economics is a highly sophisticated field of thought that is superb at explaining to policymakers precisely why the choices they made in the past were wrong. About the future, not so much. However, careful economic analysis does have one important benefit, which is that it can help kill ideas that are completely logically inconsistent or wildly at variance with the data. This insight covers at least 90 percent of proposed economic policies.
—  Bernanke

“My vision would be In ten years time, every department can say there was a piece of policy that was totally design-led.”

“It’s about bringing in new types of people and new types of knowledge”

Most especially at how boring they discussed this really exciting and innovative idea to better engage communities. It took all my energy for me to not drift off after the first minute of the monotone, lifeless, boring energy in delivering information as so significant as this. 

Aye….but at least, the acceptance of this idea, is a huge step in the right direction. 

I think the culture of policymaking though is going to have to change the perspective and value on the role of a more vibrant role that comes along with the skillsets of ‘designers’. 

When I was working in this field, my biggest conflict was maintaining a strict level of professionalism (similar to those in the video) while still having to achieve maximum engagement possible of different stakeholders in communities. 

While yes, other 'suit and tie’ people will have more 'respect’ for your role as a leader, the engagement of diverse people only really responds to the personality and energy of the person wearing them. 

I’ve seen a lot and worked with a lot of people in the 'professional’ type fields express their desires to be able to engage a 'wider market’ and audience of people beyond their similar peer network.

Yet, refuse to embrace the needed shifts in perception of traits like 'humor, positive energy, people skills’ that is vital to achieving it. Mostly because, they are thinking about how they want to be seen respectable vs seen as genuinely wanting to connect. 

Its all about actualizing the positivity in your personality that reflects your desire to advance the quality of life for the people you are serving. While of course, still utilizing actions that demonstrate your capability in delivering. 

As the jockeying for the 2016 presidential race begins, party leaders will likely end up choosing between inexperienced fresh faces and veteran insiders who have already built relationships and reputations for deal making. For anyone interested in serious policymaking, the choice is clear: they should root for insiders.
—  Matt Grossman, continuing, "Political scientists are justifiably skeptical of demands that Obama single-handedly heal the rifts in Washington, but we may be too quick to reject the broader premise that the relationships among central policymakers help them succeed.“
Pointless machismo from the Lib Dems?

In today’s Observer Andrew Rawnsley has an interesting piece about privatisation, in the wake of the Royal Mail sell off.

He notes that you can explain the Tories’ enthusiasm for the sell off as a bid to out-Thatcher Thatcher. But that clearly doesn’t carry over to the Liberal Democrats.

He then writes the following:

The enthusiasm of Vince Cable and the Lib Dems is harder to fathom. This will seem counterintuitive to anyone who is not a Lib Dem minister, but for them this was also a political virility test. They believe that they burnish their credentials as a party of government by doing things that most of the public say they hate.

If that is anywhere near the vicinity of the truth then that is one of the most dispiriting things I’ve read today.

And given that the political arm of the media at the moment is largely filled with news designed to drain you of any hope that enlightenment might one day return to politics, that is surely saying something.

Too Pollyannaish

I just want to say that the Obama administration necessarily had to pat itself on the back pre-2012 for the economic recovery because it was campaigning. But the campaign is over.

It’s time to communicate a more dire message. Something along the lines of “Guys, we know it’s been a long recovery, but it’s not there yet. It’s time for action. A generation of unemployed and underemployed workers whose skills are atrophying need our help. And it’s in our interest to help them. That way they’re contributing to the economy, buying our products and using our services. This is urgent. This is one of the main challenges of day.”

Any complacency or self-congratulatory back-patting does a disservice to the country. It’s time to stop and change the rhetoric.

The Military

The military is a strong force behind policymaking in Nigeria.

The military lost its credibility as a temporary, objective organization that keeps order and brings stability.

1966- The first military coup took place, the military made distinction between “military in government” and “military in barracks”

Military leaders often have been critical of military control of political power. As a result, the military has been subject to internal discord, and the military presidents often had to keep a close eye on other military leaders.

When deep ethnic cleavages within Nigerian society have threatened instability, the military has been there to restore order.

Nigeria’s best, brightest, and most ambitious have often made their way by rising through the military.
DENVER BUSINESS JOURNAL: Denver business-political delegation to meet Obama administration officials on economic development

“A nearly 50-strong delegation of business and political leaders from Denver will meet with officials of the Obama administration Friday to discuss jobs and economic development issues.

The trip is designed to highlight job creation efforts being carried out in the Denver area. Administration officials are also seeking advice on such issues as health care reform, clean energy policy, manufacturing and insourcing, access to capital, corporate tax reform, education and infrastructure development.”  (FULL STORY)