Conference celebrates creativity as a way to look 'Beyond Bureaucracy'



    TORONTO, Nov. 16 /CNW/ - Creativity and bureaucracy - a contradiction of
terms, cynics would say. Challenging this mentality was exactly what the
Institute of Public Administration of Canada (IPAC) - Toronto Regional Group
planned with their latest professional development conference 'Beyond
Bureaucracy: A Festival of Public Service - Creativity and the Public Good'.
    Over 200 public servants, industry professionals and students attended
the one-and-a-half day conference which wrapped up today at the University of
Toronto. Touted as a "festival of public service innovation", sessions
showcased the integral part creativity can play in the public service and the
way things get done. Included was a presentation by Bad Dog Theatre Company
which encouraged the use of improvisational theatre techniques to create
dynamic learning environments and foster better communications. There was also
a panel discussion on how cooperation and innovation between governments and
community groups led to the Regent Park Revitalization initiative.
    "Our intention with 'Beyond Bureaucracy' was to be thought-provoking and
to facilitate discussion among members, public sector employees and the
public," said Robert Davis, Co-chair Beyond Bureaucracy Planning Committee and
Supervisor, Public Consultation, City of Toronto. "We are confident that the
success of this conference will bring a new way of thinking about creativity,
public service and promoting the public good."
    A major highlight was a keynote address by Stephen Lewis, a renowned
leader in human rights, an expert in economic development and social issues,
former UN special envoy for HIV/AIDS in Africa and now a professor in global
health at McMaster University. Lewis' presentation drew upon his extensive
international experience to illustrate the important role the public service
plays in creating novel solutions that best serve the public interest.
    Other visionary leaders who discussed the creative capacity in the public
sector included Pier Giorgio Di Cicco, City of Toronto Poet Laureate,
communications specialist and hypnotist Christina Kaya, and organizational
development consultant Maureen McKenna.
    In conjunction with the conference, the Toronto Regional Group also held
the sixth annual IPAC Toronto Region New Professional Development and
Networking event. This event provided new professionals with ways to be
innovative and creative at work, and still move ahead in their career.

    IPAC, founded in 1947, is a dynamic association of public servants,
academics, and others interested in public administration. Rooted by its
Regional Groups, it is a membership-based organization that creates effective
knowledge networks and leads public administration research in Canada. Since
the early 1990s, it has been a major player in exporting successful Canadian
public-sector expertise around the world. For more information on IPAC please
visit www.ipac.ca.
    IPAC - Toronto Regional Group designs programming to inform members,
reflect on issues and encourage development, awareness, learning and dialogue.
The overall purpose is to promote excellence in public service. For more
information on the Toronto Regional Group and upcoming events please visit
www.ipac.ca/toronto.
    Visit the 'Beyond Bureaucracy' site for complete details on all the
sessions offered www.beyondbureaucracy.ca.





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