• 60 George Street, Suite 203 Ottawa, Canada

The New Synthesis Journey
Public Governance International > The New Synthesis Initiative > The New Synthesis Journey

Phase one: A Different way of thinking

The first phase of the New Synthesis (NS) was the result of the work of six countries and 200 participants from a broad spectrum of academic disciplines including ecology, psychology, complexity theory, dynamic systems as well as the traditional disciplines of governance, political science, economics and public administration. This work led to a conceptual framework that brings together the role of government, citizen and society in dynamic and interactive interrelations that transform society. The NS framework equips practitioners with a holistic mental map of the role of governments in society and expands the range of options open to them to bring about the desired public policy outcomes.

“What is different about serving and governing in the 21st “century compared to prior times”

Phase two: A different approach to problem solving

“What can be done to ensure that the capacity of government and society to invent solutions will keep pace with the increasing complexity of the world we live in?”

During the second phase, the NS framework was used by more than 1000 practitioners from various countries including Australia, Brazil, Canada, Denmark, Finland, Estonia, Malaysia, the Netherlands, Singapore, the United Kingdom, and other EU member states. This work validated the relevance of the early findings and generated the NS exploratory cycle; a systematic approach to invent solutions to problems that cannot be solved without using the levers of the state.

Phase three: Capacity building

Started in 2019, this phase recognizes that several factors are accelerators of change that transform the economic, societal, political, and environmental landscapes. This includes the digital and the info-bio technological revolutions, climate change , high impact catastrophic events emerging from the physical world , as well as issues resulting from imbalances between the economic , social and environmental spheres of life such as rising inequalities, changing social norms , aging population and population migrations , etc.

This phase recognizes governance as a collective effort and a shared responsibility for results. Government bears the responsibility to ensure that the overall balance of private, public and civic actions serve the overall interest of society.

“What can be done to build the capacity for collective problem solving and the collective will to build and share a better future together?”

Learn more about NS: Governing is a Process of Invention

© Public Governance International - Governance Publique Internationale | Ottawa Web Design – WEBSHARK

Reflecting on the National Public Service Week of Canada, PGI has dug deep into our archives to share the first-ever digital Annual Report to the Prime Minister on the Public Service of Canada. The Sixth Annual Report was Madame Bourgon’s final report to the Prime Minister of Canada as she was preparing to move on from her role as the first female Clerk of the Privy Council. Her final report is reflective of her esteemed tenure as Clerk, one that continuously pushed boundaries and guided the Public Service of Canada through an unprecedented period of change to prepare for the challenges of the 21st century.