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PolicyIgnite! Call for Pitches: what are your big ideas around the future of work in government and in Canada?

This is your chance to wow a crowd on November 8, 2018 with a bright idea / Pitches due September 30, 2018

The ever-increasing pace of technological innovation combined with new models of employment is rapidly changing the reality of work in Canada (and around the world). While the full implications of the converging trends of technological disruptions, jobs, and new expectations on the world of work are still being actively debated (such as Artificial Intelligence and automation, new modes of production and manufacturing, and the platform and gig economies), what we do know is this: there is both tremendous opportunity, and enormous challenges as traditional modes of employment are transformed in still-yet-to-be-foreseen ways, with a big impact on systems, jobs, skills, wages, and ways of working, as well as on inequality. And there is another dimension that is equally important to consider: the impact of the future of work has inside of government, on the skills, modes of working, and approaches that impact how we work together, and the ways in which we approach policy making.

For our upcoming Policy Ignite!, Future of Work Edition on Thursday, November 8, (delivered with the support of FWD50), we are seeking pitches and ideas that explore the trends and possibilities around the future of work in one of the two following streams:

(1) Policy making, programming or transformative thinking that seeks to address some of the positive trends or negative impacts resulting from the future of work in Canada (think: systems, jobs, skills, wages, and ways of working)

(2) Turning the gaze within: How will modes of working within the Government of Canada be impacted by the Future of Work? What systems, skills, jobs, or modes of working could be adopted internally to deliver better outcomes for Canadians? What can we learn from other transformation initiatives in the past?

A few guiding questions to inspire you include:

How to submit a Proposal

Interested presenters should submit a proposal or deck in Ignite! format of no more than 300 words including citations (in your official language of choice). In fairness to proposals within the word limit, content beyond 300 words will not be reviewed. The following categories should be included in your proposal:

  • Presentation title:
  • Team Member(s) and contact information (email, twitter, phone):
  • Proposal (300 words):
Anyone with a bright idea can apply, regardless of geography

Send your proposal to policyignite@gmail.com by 11:59pm Eastern-time on September 30, 2018. Proposals are welcomed from across the country, however travel support is not available for presenters outside the National Capital Region at this time.

Selection Criteria

Pitches will be selected by the PolicyIgnite! team on the basis of the following criteria:

o Outlining a well-defined issue area, while articulating and arguing your particular perspective.

  • Demonstrating relevant knowledge of the issue being discussed:

o Demonstrating knowledge of existing trends in this space and how they affect your issue.

o (If applicable) Citing related projects, policies or initiatives that this could build on/differ from/learn from.

o Given the 300-word limit for proposals, this section does not need to be extensive, but should instead demonstrate a balanced consideration for the problem definition and proposed .

  • Creativity: how creative is the pitch?
  •  Overall quality of the proposal and strength of the argument - we’re looking for a wow factor that still takes into account reality!

Expectations for Selected Proposals and Speakers

In keeping with the tag line “enlighten us, but make it quick!", the Ignite presentation format consists of 20 PowerPoint slides set to auto-advance every 15 seconds. That means each presentation lasts exactly 5 minutes. Examples of Ignite talks can be found at the Policy Seed Bank (internal to GC) and at the Ignite Show. Selected proposals will be expected to participate in the Speaker Preparation process, which requires advanced preparation, including 2 dry runs. Speakers are also expected to adhere to the FWD50 Code of Conduct.

About Policy Ignite

Policy Ignite is a grassroots event organized by volunteer federal public servants to showcase bright ideas in public policy development and implementation. For more information, visit our presence on GCpedia (internal to GC) or on Facebook.

Join our PolicyIgnite! Team! We are looking for new volunteers who want to inspire brilliant policy in the government of Canada. Find out more and share your interest

About FWD50

FWD50 is a groundbreaking new government technology event. It’s a three-day conversation on digital transformation held in Canada’s capital city, bringing together citizens, the public service, elected officials, technologists, and innovative thinkers from around the world.

FWD50 is a groundbreaking new government technology event. It’s a three-day conversation on digital transformation held in Canada’s capital city, bringing together citizens, the public service, elected officials, technologists, and innovative thinkers from around the world.

Want to attend FWD50? Tickets are on sale now. We've worked out some deals to make it more accessible. Students get academic pricing! Volunteers who commit to 8 hours of support get a ticket to the whole conference! Apply to volunteer.

 

 

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