At the…. Events which utterly dominated government policy and public discourse can be forgotten in a matter of years. Other events were passed by almost unnoticed at the time, and yet — in retrospect — seem incredibly important. So, here goes. They will be considered watershed years: Before CV…. Sisyphus was happy, reckoned Albert Camus. The Boundary Commissioners may have their own view on this: for the third time they are being asked to come up with new proposals.
Their proposals for and both came to nothing. They are now beavering away on their proposals for Boundary reviews get wonks very excited. By and large, they should simmer down. Labour has lost the last four general elections.
It has not won the popular vote in England since ; twenty years ago. Labour is not in power in Westminster or Scotland. Battling him for the keys to Number 10 is Mr Hunt, the foreign secretary who insists he's best placed to strengthen the union of the United Kingdom. But what are their positions on central issues such as the political crisis in Stormont, the Tories' confidence-and-supply partners the Democratic Unionist Party DUP and the Irish border question?
This will be key for whoever takes over in Number 10 but both candidates face an uphill battle to get their preferred Brexit deal through Parliament. The backstop is the insurance policy to maintain a seamless border between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland: opposition to it brought Theresa May's time in office to an abrupt end. Mr Johnson has referred to it as a "monstrosity" that wipes out the UK's sovereignty and he has called for the backstop to be removed from the withdrawal deal.
He believes the EU can be persuaded to reopen the agreement, but says the UK should still prepare for a no-deal Brexit. He maintains he has had conversations with European leaders who "understand that the backstop will not get through Parliament - they may not have understood that before".
He proposes sending a new negotiating team team to Brussels, which would include representatives of the European Research Group - the group of Conservative MPs who support harder forms of Brexit - and members of the DUP. Many in the Conservative Party believe a new personality at the top can change hearts and minds in Europe but the EU has insisted that the backstop is not up for renegotiation. At the conference, he called for the backstop to be "junked" but then voted for the agreement - including the backstop - during the third meaningful vote in March.
While the DUP voted against Theresa May's Brexit deal and threatened the government several times over the backstop, it is worth saying that the influence the DUP wields at Westminster is very valuable. But he has sought to paint himself as the candidate best placed to strengthen the union and win the backing of the DUP with a new Brexit deal.
Although talks haven't broken down, there are no signs of a political breakthrough any time soon. Unlike unsuccessful candidate Michael Gove, who said he would personally lead talks to restore the Stormont administration, Jeremy Hunt has not made much mention of the process. It is not clear if he would replace his cabinet colleague Mrs Bradley in the Northern Ireland brief.
Earlier this year, Mr Hunt said the UK was wholly "committed" to the Good Friday peace agreement and many of the parties in Northern Ireland would be keen to see him live up to that. A fresh pair of eyes could possibly help move the Stormont negotiations along - but it's likely to prove as difficult to resolve as Brexit. Panel advises on post-Brexit Irish border. Hunt to face Johnson in Tory leader race.
Stormont stalemate - how things stand.
Panel advises on post-Brexit Irish border. Hunt to face Johnson in Tory leader race. Stormont stalemate - how things stand. As Tories line up, what now for backstop? Mr Johnson's main link to Northern Ireland used to be his red buses. Few would have bet that within six years he would be a frontrunner to become prime minister. Brexit and the backstop. Mr Hunt has said the EU accepts that the backstop will never be approved by Parliament. Mixed feelings from the DUP? But it will be wary of broken promises.
There's also the matter of renewing the confidence-and-supply pact. It will want to work with whoever becomes prime minister. Jeremy Hunt would not be as closely aligned to the DUP as other members of his party. Stormont talks process. The latest talks to try and restore power-sharing in Northern Ireland began in May.
How could that affect the ongoing talks process, which Mrs Bradley has been overseeing? View comments. Related Topics. More on this story. Published 20 June Take the Westminster poll. I know quite a few punters who gambled similarly on shorts odds favourites. On the day of the count they were anticipating their winnings with Adams, Paisley, Robinson et al romping home - but then came Fermanagh-South Tyrone.
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There were no transactions including no transactions that it supported. It broke the withdrawal plan of Theresa May, which formed an alliance with Boris Johnson and maintained the integrity of the union. I only saw him sign the regulated borders of the Irish Sea. Recently, it has betrayed the burden of the new customs and demanded the suspension of the protocol governing these arrangements. I have a real concern. However, closely related people are resentful at the story of the hyperbola of food shortages as opposed to the loss of certain products.
They like to say that the problem has been resolved thanks to the efforts and goodwill of the business groups between the UK and the EU. Some friction remains, which has an effect. Large retailers mostly adapt, but smaller suppliers may conclude that servicing Northern Ireland is no longer a hassle.
Some product lines may disappear and companies may start seeking suppliers in the EU. Brussels and Dublin will do even more as EU regulations on commodities evolve. But on the other hand, there are commercial advantages to being in a single market in both the UK and the EU. This is what more thoughtful leadership can sell in the interests of the Union. However, this is not a DUP path. The focus is on preventing it from emerging as. Stormont election. The idea is to maximize voting through polarization.
That is, to expand all conflicts and portray the Democratic Unionist Party as a true defender of the coalition. Stopping reunification means not forcing choices. It does not induce tension, but relieves it. It is to retain a younger, moderate Protestant and to remove nonalignment from nationalist causes. That means looking at Britain and Ireland, looking at the modern liberal economy, and regaining the people of East Belfast coffee shops who are opposed to the sectarianism and conservatism of older union members.
Long-term drift is heading for reunification, but hybrid conditions can last longer than many would imagine. The majority of people in Northern Ireland do not want a border down the Irish sea. We did not vote on our sovereignty. I wouldn't bet on that love. This will go down like a led ballon. NI continues its anti British agenda this morning with a lead story attacking the police and a so called "rights" story targeting NI as having an anti Irish agenda.
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Leaders adept at horizon scanning can articulate problems and impacts that prepare for the future—and shape it as well. Littlefield and others have the following advice for leaders scanning the horizon:. Rapid prototyping facilitates learning through experimentation and the launch of multiple prototypes in small, controlled tests to discern patterns across prototypes to determine what does and does not work.
Compared with Google, Facebook, and Apple, government can seem as nimble as a 50,ton battleship. But government leaders comfortable with rapid prototyping can create an environment in which new public initiatives are developed and released quickly to meet citizen expectations and gain valuable feedback in real time.
Today, many government pilot programs are simply scaled-down versions of an already chosen solution. The value of rapid prototyping of ideas and program designs is that a simple prototype, released to core constituents early in the process, provides valuable feedback and insights before a final choice is made.
It invests in and deploys one solution without testing it first. Doing so has allowed VACI to spread the risk instead of betting the farm on a single approach. While innovation can seem risky for a public agency, imperfect prototypes are, perhaps counterintuitively, cheaper and less risky, because new ideas are tested with end users before significant time and resources are expended.
Government leaders can learn a lot from technology startups. Many of the most innovative technology companies have followed, at least to some degree, what entrepreneurial expert Eric Ries calls the Lean Startup approach. The performance of that prototype is closely measured and used to improve and refine it or to suggest a course correction.
Government leaders adept at rapid prototyping will find ways to generate several potential solutions and launch them all in small pilots, to see which ones work and which successful aspects can be combined. While the federal government has embraced the benefits of crowdsourcing to generate new ideas and private solutions see Challenge.
David Uejio is president of Young Government Leaders, an organization of federal, state, and local government employees—and is adept at rapid prototyping. He recognizes that government needs to embrace innovation and faster solutions because:.
The cycle times will be shorter, the nuances will be greater, and the need for technical expertise will be greater. From day one, Uejio took an innovative approach to building a talent acquisition strategy. For example, Uejio developed a nine-week recruiting campaign during which his team created different versions of an online job posting and then tracked the website traffic yielded by each. By checking such patterns, Uejio demonstrates his willingness to accept the imperfect and his commitment to continuous improvement through experiment and iteration.
Go solve it. Over Thai food late one night, Uejio and the team settled on creating a two-year design and technology fellows program to attract top-notch Web designers and developers to the CFPB. Through applicant-centric iterations, they settled on three key recruiting principles: use everyday language targeted toward the people they wanted to hire; highlight the opportunities to be challenged and inspired by other spectacular coworkers after all, talent attracts talent ; and illustrate both what work the candidate would be doing as well as why the work would be important and impactful.
That new-and-improved tool won an industry award less than six weeks after it was launched. When leaders give people the room to experiment, as Uejio experienced firsthand, people are less likely to become trapped in the status quo. This allows organizations to create faster, cheaper, and more adaptable solutions. Rapid prototyping requires leaders to encourage and reward the rapid design and testing of new solutions, rather than the incremental, risk-averse planning process typical of many government initiatives.
To develop this competency, leaders should practice creating an environment where experimentation can thrive. Rebel rousing involves seeking out and encouraging individuals who question the status quo, creating a safe environment for contrarian thinking and challenges to established practice, and setting a clear purpose while allowing for flexibility in the way the purpose is achieved. Modern society brings an increased ability to question and alter the status quo.
The ethos of the hacker culture has become mainstream; rebels such as Steve Jobs and Mark Zuckerberg are justly celebrated for their innovations. Social media and collaboration platforms make it easier for contrarians to speak up and be heard. Millennials in particular expect to be heard, regardless of their rank or tenure, and will be inspired by leaders who are open to them.
Research shows that such individuals are willing to point out problems when others are afraid to, see new ways to solve problems, and are often first to try new approaches. No one person—or handful of people—has all the answers or the best answers. To activate the inner rebel in their people, leaders need to set a clear vision, ask questions that challenge people to think in new ways, and create safe, collaborative ways for people to get involved in creating the ideas that support the mission.
To realize the benefit that good rebels bring to the table, leaders must suppress personal conflicts but allow and actively manage idea-based conflict. This view was not always welcomed, and she spent the middle part of her career trying to remain successful and productive while looking for constructive ways to advance her ideas. They believed the CIA should rethink its approach to information sharing. This led to the creation of Intellipedia, which used the MediaWiki software used by Wikipedia to create a collaborative knowledge platform for the intelligence community.
By then, Intellipedia was a ,page resource handling some , user accounts and 5, page edits a day. Medina identified these good rebels and provided top cover for their ideas. It is difficult to imagine this idea gaining widespread adoption without her influence. Medina now advises corporate and government leaders on the benefits of tapping into good rebel energy. She has three pieces of advice for leaders looking to develop this capability:. These leaders of tomorrow are creating an environment in which interconnected citizens partner with government to take ownership of our biggest challenges and involve themselves directly in creating solutions.
More of them in government will inspire the next generation of civil servants to operate as change agents, transforming government from the inside out. They understand that an effective way to advance the future of public service is to openly engage everyone and anyone interested in making government open, agile, and, yes, perhaps even a little rebellious. Cover image by: Alex Nabaum. The authors would like to thank many individuals for sharing their time and expertise throughout the development of this article.
In addition, many thanks go to Shrupti Shah , GovLab director, for helping to shape our approach and for providing us the freedom to nurture our ideas. Lastly, we would like to thank our GovLab colleagues who not only supported a culture of collaboration and innovation that encouraged us to think big, but who continue to inspire our optimism about the collective capacity of the leaders of tomorrow. See something interesting?
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Leaders adept at agile integration connect people, information, and resources, and work with other organizations and private citizens to solve complex problems that defy siloed approaches. Digital aikido is the use of digital media to gauge attitudes, build influence, and motivate action through social networks—to shape and build energy on these platforms rather than resist it.
Leaders can use digital aikido to assess the mood, opinions, and motivations of people within online social systems, and tailor their moves accordingly. Horizon scanning guides strategic decision making by analyzing patterns across disciplines and environments and testing assumptions about current and future trends.
Leaders who are good at horizon scanning develop questions tied to strategic priorities and use multiple, sometimes contradictory, hypotheses to test those questions. Rapid prototyping facilitates learning through experimentation and the launch of multiple prototypes in small, controlled tests.
Government leaders adept at rapid prototyping may generate several potential solutions and launch them all in small pilots, to see which ones work and which successful aspects can be combined. Rebel rousing involves seeking out and encouraging individuals who question the status quo, creating a safe environment for contrarian thinking and challenges to established practice, and setting a clear purpose while allowing for flexibility in how the purpose is achieved.
The new government leader: Influences and impacts Park possesses another characteristic that is unusual, at least in government—a truly entrepreneurial spirit prior to starting government work, he launched two health care startup companies. Why change? Shifting expectations and increasing complexity The modern government leader needs new skills to meet higher expectations for citizen interaction and to cope with an increasingly complex operating environment.
The new leadership Leaders who recognize the need to find new ways of engaging, shaping, and creating can forge organizations capable of dealing with changing expectations and increasingly complex problems. People who develop these competencies will: Engage: Cultivate trust and inclusion to invite ideas from anyone, anywhere Shape: Build agile teams that can adapt to match challenging environments and stay ahead of future needs and problems Create: Establish platforms and avenues for generating, refining, and disseminating new ideas, solutions, and products to meet citizen expectations New leadership skills Theories and models of leadership have a rich history.
Agile integration Agile integration recognizes the complexities and interdependencies of public, private, and nonprofit missions, connecting people, information, and resources to realize both interrelated and seemingly unconnected objectives. Traditional leadership vs. Developing agile integration The knack for integrating perspectives, resources, and relationships is not something readily taught in a classroom. Quiet transparency Quiet transparency involves the willingness to question and adapt without having all the answers, and to hold open, consistent exchanges with a variety of audiences through various media.
Developing quiet transparency Leaders who understand the concept of quiet transparency will seek ways to get employees involved in solving problems. Fostering this environment requires the leader to: Ask: Resist the temptation to tell. Instead of making recommendations, ask questions; ask for help.
Show: Actions still speak louder than words. As often as possible, make leadership decision making transparent, on- or offline. Look for ways to have conversations that reveal what drives a concern, decision, or initiative. Share: Relying on two-sentence public relations statements is a recipe for failure. Talk through your thoughts in real time. This creates a sense of shared consciousness and purpose that prompts people to follow you and act in ways that further your purpose.
Digital aikido Digital aikido, a term coined by social media specialist Chris Heuer, is the use of digital media to gauge attitudes, build influence, and motivate action through social networks—to shape and build energy on these platforms rather than resist it. Case study: Are you more digitally intelligent than a fourth grader? Horizon scanning Horizon scanning guides strategic decision making by analyzing patterns across disciplines and environments, and testing assumptions about current and future trends.
To do this, he recommends: Talking to everyone: Czerwinski engages as many different people and perspectives as he can to scan the horizon, including front-line staff entrepreneurs and special advisors such as serial entrepreneur Steve Blank creator of the lean startup movement and Craig Newmark, founder of Craigslist. Reaching for the right question: These conversations allow Czerwinski to carefully articulate the core problem and define a common platform for testing solutions.
How do we sterilize reusable medical equipment [in a way that] that removes human touch and error? Instead of the typical Beltway standard industry day, Czerwinski uses webinars to attract venture capitalists and Silicon Valley titans. Rather than settling on a single option, be willing to set up multiple pilots. VACI, for example, is running not one but four pilots to evaluate technology used to attach prostheses to amputees.
Check your bias at the door. Be careful to acknowledge and avoid your own bias in hypothesis building. Be open to all of them. Rapid prototyping Rapid prototyping facilitates learning through experimentation and the launch of multiple prototypes in small, controlled tests to discern patterns across prototypes to determine what does and does not work.
Cheap and fast Government leaders can learn a lot from technology startups. Case study: David Uejio—rapid prototyping at a government startup David Uejio is president of Young Government Leaders, an organization of federal, state, and local government employees—and is adept at rapid prototyping. Expect and support high performance: Create systems that encourage and support experimentation. Embrace productive failure: Leaders must practice becoming comfortable with trial and error, both for themselves and their employees.
His advice? Rebel rousing Rebel rousing involves seeking out and encouraging individuals who question the status quo, creating a safe environment for contrarian thinking and challenges to established practice, and setting a clear purpose while allowing for flexibility in the way the purpose is achieved. She has three pieces of advice for leaders looking to develop this capability: Find them: Practice meeting everyone, not just members of the leadership team or direct reports.
While at the CIA, Medina made a point of having dinner every couple of months with a randomly selected group of analysts. Another of her favorite ways to meet people was to walk slowly through CIA corridors. Show your support is concrete by attending their meetings and events. Rebels need more than words of encouragement.
They need to see that senior managers will deploy their scarcest resource, their time, in support of new ideas. Who you make time for sends a huge signal to the organization, so make time for the people who are change agents. Medina believes they are too often deployed to some type of innovation center or skunkworks operation. She suggests assigning promising rebels to critical jobs in the organization that allow them to learn exactly how to get things done.
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The majority of people in Northern Ireland do not want a border down the Irish sea. We did not vote on our sovereignty. I wouldn't bet on that love. This will go down like a led ballon. NI continues its anti British agenda this morning with a lead story attacking the police and a so called "rights" story targeting NI as having an anti Irish agenda.
And the daily attack on Brexit! It's not news it's an agenda set by Connolly House. Not worth the licence. You enjoy that of course, as usual. Anti-Unionist rhetoric. Blockz99 Posts: 5, Forum Member. MuTron1 Posts: 1, Forum Member.