Read. Talk. Learn.
While checking out Linked-In recently, I came across a familiar name in connection with a fascinating group of public servants in Saskatchewan. Winter Fedyk had been one of our Privy Council Office (PCO) senior analysts when I was working on the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games. When she moved home to Regina a few years back she started a public policy book club.
I was intrigued by this notion. Personally, I love reading cutting edge books about ways to improve the policy process. But, ... usually it's a solitary affair. I mean, who ever gets the chance to discuss these innovative ideas with other like-minded unabashed policy wonks? This opportunity to toss some thoughts around, ask some questions (with the expectation of somebody being there to reply), challenge the author's assumptions; all in the interest of solidly cementing the learning experience in an amenable, social setting. Well it seems like a dream come true. Winter and her pals do.
I just had to ask for her story, and boy, once I did; I knew I had to write about it. I think that their book club is brilliant. It's a valuable and cheap learning platform. Even better, it's easy to replicate. Any group of public servants could start their own public policy book club.
My friend, Patrice Dutil, Editor at Canadian Government Executive magazine loved the story too.
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