Peter Ho 26 July 2012 Governing for the Future: What Governments can do





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Published on Aug 6, 2012

Peter Ho is the Senior Advisor to Singapore's Centre for Strategic Futures and the Chairman of the Urban Redevelopment Authority in Singapore. He is one of the world's leading experts in embedding foresight into government.

His keynote speech, 'Governing for the Future: What governments can do', delivered at the Australian and New Zealand School of Government (ANZSOG) Annual Conference in Wellington on 26 July 2012, looks at how governments can be better prepared to deal with increasing complexity and possible shocks. Peter Ho explains how the Great Acceleration has led to an increasing frequency of strategic shocks and the growing amplitude of their impact. He describes the difference between complicated and complex environments and the challenges a more complex operating environment poses for governments. He stresses the importance of using a whole-of-government approach to respond to an increasingly complex world, and highlights the various tools that can help governments better manage complexity, respond to challenges and deal with strategic risks.

In addition to his roles at the Singapore Centre for Strategic Futures and the Urban Redevelopment Authority, Peter Ho is also a Senior Fellow in the Civil Service College. He is an Adjunct Professor with the S Rajaratnam School of International Studies, and a Visiting Fellow at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy. This follows a career in the public service lasting more than 34 years, including 15 years as a Permanent Secretary. When he retired from the Singapore Administrative Service in 2010, Peter Ho was Head of Civil Service, concurrent with his other appointments of Permanent Secretary (Foreign Affairs), Permanent Secretary (National Security and Intelligence Coordination), and Permanent Secretary (Special Duties) in the Prime Minister's Office. Prior to that, he was Permanent Secretary (Defence).

The ANSZOG Conference is an annual event and in 2012 focused on the challenges facing government in preparing for and responding to the hard-to-predict and unavoidable challenges posed by events ranging from earthquakes, to tsunamis, to pandemics, to global financial shocks. Learn more at: http://www.anzsog.edu.au

Filmed ANSZOG Conference in Wellington on 26 July 2012.

Edited by Bryson Rooney. Learn more at: http://brysonr.wordpress.com

The McGuinness Institute is a non-partisan think tank working towards a sustainable future, contributing strategic foresight through evidence-based research and policy analysis. The Institute is based in Wellington, New Zealand. Learn more at: http://www.mcguinnessinstitute.org

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