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Reimagining Government

A podcast from the Centre for Public Impact and Apolitical

Shining a light on government changemakers around the world

Governments are under increasing pressure to bring about the results people expect while remaining trusted and relevant. However, they are often not set up to respond to the complex challenges we face as a society.

This six-part podcast explores radical new approaches to addressing global issues such as the climate crisis, equitable healthcare provision and rebuilding trust with marginalised communities. By speaking with public servants and politicians at the heart of government, we’ll shine a light on how to reimagine government so it works for everyone.

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Episode 1: A new vision for government

In this episode we lay out a new vision for government - where it needs to be improved, and introduce you to the people who have dedicated their career to enhancing public services for all.

Read the full episode summary here.

Featured in this episode:

  • Adrian Brown (Host) - Executive Director, Centre for Public Impact

  • Nachiket Mor - Visiting Scientist, The Banyan Academy of Leadership in Mental Health 

  • Olli-Pekka Heinonen - Director General, International Baccalaureate Organization (formerly Director General of the Finnish National Agency for Education)

  • Donna Hall - Chair, New Local Government Network (formerly Chief Executive of Wigan Council, Greater Manchester)

  • Robyn Scott - Co-founder and Chief Executive Officer, Apolitical

  • Bruna Santos - Innovation Director, The National School of Public Administration (Escola Nacional de Administração Pública)

  • Luke Feeney - Mayor of Chillicothe, Ohio

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Episode 2: Climate action in cities

In this episode, we explore how changemakers in city governments are addressing climate change - the barriers they face, the risks they are taking, and how they are finding local solutions to one of the most pervasive challenges of our time.

Learn more about how cities can lead the charge towards a net zero, resilient future here. If you're a public servant or government official, we want to hear your examples of inspiring government climate initiatives. Head over to the Apolitical Q&A discussion here, and share your experiences with other public servants from all over the world.

Read the accompanying blog.

Featured in this episode:

  • Adrian Brown (Host) - Executive Director, Centre for Public Impact

  • Josh Sorin (Host) - Global Director of Climate Action, Centre for Public Impact

  • Sadhu Johnston - Senior Advisor, Apolitical Government Climate Campus and former City Manager, Vancouver 

  • Thomas Osdoba - Programme Director, NetZeroCities

  • Lionel Dishon Murage - East Africa Field Representative, Seacology Foundation

  • Julia Hamilton - Team Leader of Digital Innovation, Wellington City Council

  • Alison Howard - Manager of Climate Change Response, Wellington City Council

  • Rohit T. Aggarwala - Chief Climate Officer and Commissioner of Environmental Protection, City of New York

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About Apolitical

Apolitical is the global platform for government that helps 150,000+ public servants in 170 countries build the knowledge, skills, and connections they need to solve the hardest challenges facing our societies. Our mission is to help build 21st century governments that work for people and the planet. Apolitical is proudly co-designed and funded by governments.

About the Centre for Public Impact

At the Centre for Public Impact, we have an emerging vision to reimagine government so that it works for everyone.

A global not-for-profit organisation founded by the Boston Consulting Group, we serve as a learning partner for governments, public servants, and the diverse network of changemakers who are leading the charge to reimagine government. We work with them to hold space to collectively make sense of the complex challenges we face and drive meaningful change through learning and experimentation.