Mark Thomas - New Mayor for Auckland

An Auckland That Works Should Be Key Council Concern

Delivering Density And Holding Onto Heritage

Singapore is one of the densest cities in Asia. Yet among the legion of skyscrapers, many of which of course provide housing to its 5.7million inhabitants, are great examples of low rise and heritage buildings which have been preserved. There are exceptions, but generally the low rise sits side-by-side with the high rise. And it works. There’s less of the wall-to-wall skyscrapers that you see in New York. Singapore has…

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A VUCA World Demands Much More Of Bureaucrats

Bureaucrats need to deal better with today’s “turbulent (political) authority” and be more ingenious. And they must develop greater entrepreneurialism and awareness of the forces of innovation if they are to cope with today’s Volatile, Uncertain, Complex and Ambiguous world. These findings have been captured in Associate Professor Zeger van der Wal’s new book The 21st Century Public Manager whose launched I attended at the Lee Kuan Yew School of…

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Driving The Behaviour You Want

Uber has been in the news again regarding the psychological practices it embeds in its operating system to drive its growth. The New York Times outlines the activity¬†here. But¬†in a recent talk at Singapore Management University, Dr Peter Todd from Max Planck Institute for Human Development in Berlin spoke about the implications of what he called this kind of “search behaviour”. He didn’t refer specifically to Uber in his talk,…

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